Sophomore Matt Beebe (Syracuse, NY/LaFayette) scored a career-high nine points on four goals with five assists while senior Connor Latimer (Whitby, Ont./Father Leo J. Austin) added six goals to spark the Keuka College men's lacrosse team to a 17-6 win over Elmira College Saturday afternoon in Elmira, N.Y.
Junior Cory Gray (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) scored six points on four assists with two goals while classmate James Voigt (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) had two goals with two assists and junior Derek Pfeiffer (Lee Center, NY/Rome Free Academy) tallied two goals with an assist as Keuka (2-0) picked up its 14th straight win dating to last year.
Freshman Jacob Wood (Marietta, NY/Auburn) allowed three goals over the first three quarters and made 11 saves to earn his first collegiate win in goal while junior Eric Saltrelli (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) added nine saves for the Green and Gold, who defeated their Empire 8 rivals for the second straight year.
The Storm jumped all over the Eagles (0-2), scoring eight first-quarter goals as Latimer, Beebe, Pfeiffer and Voigt each scored twice during the opening stanza. Voigt and Latimer each had man-up goals during the stretch as Keuka took control early and never relinquished the lead.
The Storm closed out the first quarter with five goals over the final 3 minutes and 11 seconds, and extended their lead to 10-0 on goals from Beebe and Latimer 21 seconds into the second quarter.
The Green and Gold led 11-1 at halftime and 17-3 after Latimer scored three straight goals and Gray and senior Kenny Cannon (East Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) each added goals early in the fourth quarter.
Cannon had six groundballs, Koczent had four and Saltrelli added three groundballs for the Storm.
Keuka travels to The College at Brockport for a 1 p.m. showdown on Saturday before hosting Alfred University at 2 p.m. March 22 in the Storm's home opener.