Owls Roll to Sixth Straight Win With 17-5 Victory Over Pilgrims

(Courtesy Chris Palermo)
(Courtesy Chris Palermo)

HENNIKER, N.H. 4/9/12 – The Keene State College women's lacrosse team extended their winning streak to a season-high six games beating the New England College Pilgrims 17-5 Monday afternoon in a non-conference matchup at Don Melander Field.

With the win the Owls improve to 8-2 overall, while the loss drops the Pilgrims to 4-7 on the season.

Leading the way for Keene State was senior Caitlyn Corace (Mahopac, N.Y.) who finished with four goals.  Owl classmate Sammi Benson (Hampstead, N.H.) netted two goals and dished out two assists, while Lauren Brown (Agawam, Mass.) and Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, Mass.) each finished with three goals and an assist.

Keene State would waste no time, netting two goals in the opening three minutes of play.  The Owls would build a 6-0 lead before NEC would get on the board as the Pilgrims' leading scorer Amanda Naimie (York, Maine) would net her 43rd goal of the season at the 17:20 mark on a free position shot to make it 6-1.

The Keene State offense would continue to put on the pressure closing out the opening half with four unanswered goals, including two by Brown and Witherbee, giving the Owls the 10-1 halftime lead.

Keene State would continue to control the offense in the second half of play as they would extend their lead to 15-1 midway through the half on a free position tally from Corace with 23:27 to play.

NEC netted four late goals but it would not be enough as Keene would eventually cruise to the 17-5 victory.

Leading the way for NEC was Naimie, who netted three of the five Pilgrim goals, all of which were unassisted.

Picking up the win in net for Keene State was Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) who made eight saves in 30 minutes of play. In relief, junior netminder Christine Collins (Cheshire, Conn.) made five saves and allowed four goals in the other half of action. 

NEC's Rebecca Harvey (Natick, Mass.) finished with two saves in net in the losing effort.

The Owls return to action on Thursday, as they will host M.I.T. at 4 p.m. at Owl Athletic Complex.