By Tris Wykes
LEBANON – The Lebanon High boys lacrosse team lost to Keene, 9-3, on Monday, allowing the NHIAA Division II Blackbirds to score strings of three and six consecutive goals.
Keene opened a 3-0 lead before C.J. Childs got the Division III Raiders on the scoreboard a minute into the second quarter. The junior spied an open lane to the goal from the center of the field and darted up it before shooting successfully.
The hosts scored again three minutes later to pull within 3-2 midway through the second quarter. Griffin Auch scooped up a wide shot by Ethan Price and struck at the left post.
Keene (1-3) scored the next three goals to lead, 6-2, at intermission. The Blackbirds scored three more times and led, 9-2, with 3 minutes, 30 seconds remaining. Auch scored again with a minute on the clock.
“We’re forcing things everywhere,” said first-year Lebanon coach Cole Flannery, whose team is 0-3. “Passing, dodging, shooting. We’re always dodging to score, not looking to make a play once we get by the first defender.”
Ethan Asbaugh started in goal for Lebanon and made seven saves. James Burnett came in during the fourth quarter and stopped one shot.
Keene held a 30-13 shot advantage and won 10 of 15 faceoffs. Lebanon committed 28 turnovers. Hunter Grant led the Raiders with five shots.
Keene began the season with losses to Souhegan, Hollis-Brookline and Timberlane and was outscored by a combined 40-10 during those setbacks. Lebanon has been outscored, 36-13, after opening with two losses to Division II Hanover.
The Raiders visit Con-Val on Thursday.
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