Keiser Men: #6 Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #7 Tennessee Wesleyan in Top-10 Matchup
Score: No. 6 Keiser Seahawks 12, No. 7 Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs 7
TWU Athletic Complex
Records: Keiser 2-0, 1-0 AAC | Tennessee Wesleyan 1-1, 0-1 AAC
Keiser men’s lacrosse was victorious today in a top-10 matchup that also served as the Seahawk’s AAC conference opener. Braeden Niemy recorded KU freshman record six goals, and Christian Tomei (2-0) recorded five saves. “It’s nice to get the first AAC win under the belt against a good, top-10 team,” said head coach Patrick Johnston. “Slow start, but I’m really proud of how our guys responded in the second half with their effort and attitude. We had some individuals step up for us, while Braeden Niemy and Jack Gillen had huge games respectively.”
Keiser 2, TWU 1
- Tennessee Wesleyan struck first, with a goal coming two minutes into the game.
- Keiser answered back, with a goal from freshman Braeden Niemy.
- KU took the lead heading into the second quarter with a goal from Vincent Cerasuolo.
Keiser 5, TWU 3
- Jack Gillen hit the back of the net with 13:23 left in the second.
- TWU rallied quickly, and scored two goals in two minutes to tie the game 3-3.
- After five scoreless minutes, Josten Ucros scored on a man-up goal to break the tie.
- Braeden Niemy and Cole Stassi linked up on an outstanding goal with only three seconds remaining in the half, and KU took a two goal lead heading into the locker room.
Keiser 10, TWU 6
- Keiser began the quarter with four goals in a row, coming from Josten Ucros, Braeden Niemy, Jack Gillen, and Niemy again.
- TWU broke the scoring run with back-to-back goals.
- Brent Young scored for the Seahawks 59 seconds later.
- The Bulldogs hit the net with :21 left in the quarter to end the 3rd with Keiser leading 10-6.
Keiser 12, TWU 7
- The fourth quarter featured less scoring, as each team locked in defensively.
- TWU got their final goal of the day with 12:34 left on the clock.
- Braeden Niemy scored with 9:16 on the clock with an assist courtesy of Jack Gillen.
- Niemy scored again three minutes later, unassisted.
- Keiser held firm on defense for the remainder of the game to secure the win.
- Braeden Niemy had a career day, scoring six goals on seven shots.
- For the second consecutive game, goalie Christian Tomei was in the net for all 60 minutes.
- Kylle Epstein forced three turnovers.
- Jack Gillen put up three assists and two goals.
No. 6 Keiser
Goals: Niemy (6)
Points: Niemy (6)
Assists: Gillen (3)
Faceoffs: Provines (4-14)
Ground Balls: Niemy / Provines / Rayburn (3)
Caused Turnovers: Kylle Epstein (3)
Saves: Tomei (5)
No. 7 Tennessee Wesleyan
Goals: Lollis (3)
Points: Lollis/Holekamp (3)
Assists: Holekamp/Harmon (2)
Faceoffs: Gasior (12-19)
Ground Balls: Gasior (7)
Caused Turnovers: Christian/ Moore (2)
Saves: Shaw (13)
Keiser will travel to Rome, Georgia for a match against Davis & Elkins College tomorrow. Opening faceoff is set for 12:00 p.m.