Women's Lacrosse Thumps Castleton State In Home Opener

KEENE, N.H.--Eliza Witherbee scored five goals as the Keene State College women's lacrosse team rolled to a 13-4 win over Castleton State College in non-conference action on Thursday night at Owl Athletic Complex.

Polly Grey, Kaitlin Nolan, and Jenna Bellano each added two scores as the Owls improved to 1-1.  Castleton State, which was playing its first game of 2014, is now 0-1.

Witherbee got the scoring started less than three minutes into the contest, and doubled the lead with a free position goal at 25:05 of the first half.  Nolan got her first of the game 1:05 later before Castleton State got on the board through Amanda Flodstrom.  

Another Nolan goal increased the lead to 4-1 with 13:20 to play in the first half, and Keene State continued to pour it on, scoring five more times before halftime.  Bellano picked up her first and KSC's fifth of the game while KSC had a player in the penalty box with 11:20 on the clock, and Grey potted two straight that made it 7-1

The Owls closed out the half with two more; Witherbee completed the hat-trick with a free position shot, and Meghan Molloy ended the half by scoring with 10 seconds left on the clock.

KSC picked up where they left off in the second half, as Witherbee scored again less than two minutes into the frame, and Kelly Chadnick got in on the action with a goal at 18:43.  Grey set up Bellano for another goal at 15:43 before Castleton scored three straight goals.  Brianna McKay and Flodstrom both scored on free position efforts, and Taryn Smith cut the Owl lead to 12-4 with 8:08 to play.  

Witherbee closed out the KSC scoring with an unassisted tally with 4:42 to play.  

Meghan Els kept Castleton State in the game with 12 saves.  KSC's Erin Taylor played the first 46:47 and made seven stops.  Libby Curran played the final 13:13 and made two stops.  

KSC will be back in action on Saturday, playing Franklin Pierce University.  Castleton State will be at another LEC team, Western Connecticut State University on March 8 at 1 p.m.