Women's Lacrosse Edges Southern Maine In Overtime, 10-8

KEENE, N.H.--Kaitlin Nolan scored the game winning goal with 11 seconds left in the first overtime as the Keene State College women's lacrosse team nicked a 10-8 win over the University of Southern Maine in the Little East Conference opener for both teams.

The Owls are now 4-2, and 1-0 in the LEC, while the Huskies drop to 2-4, and 0-1 against LEC opposition.

KSC got two goals apiece from Christa Demovellan, Polly Grey, Jenna Bellano, and Eliza Witherbee, while Ashley Borjeson and Nolan potted one goal each.

Witherbee got the Owls off to a quick start, scoring twice in a 4-1 burst over the opening 10 minutes.  Witherbee and Borjeson netted unassisted tallies less than a minute apart, and after USM's Lauren Lessard scored, Polly Grey netted a free position goal and Witherbee got her second of the game with 20:11 left in the first half.

The Huskies pulled one back with 15:13 to play on Jacki Kelly's free position shot, and trimmed the gap to 4-3 when Shelby Turcotte finished off a pass from Rosie Forster.  Witherbee turned provider on Grey's second goal of the game, but USM's Raquel Heitor made it a 5-4 game at halftime with a free position goal with 53 seconds left in the half.

Southern Maine roared out of the blocks to open the second half, with goals from Turcotte and Kelly giving USM their first lead of the game with 26:40 still to play.  Demovellan knotted the game at 6-6 off a pass from Kelly Chadnick, only to see USM retake the lead on Anh Nguyen's unassisted effort.  Another goal from Demovellan retied the game, and Bellano scored with 8:39 to play to give KSC an 8-7 advantage.  

KSC had chances to add to their lead, but Southern Maine goalie Kim Vogel denied Nolan, while at the other end, Erin Young stoned Turcotte to keep the Huskies at bay.  Young continued to keep USM at a distance, saving shots by Nguyen and Cyr in the final minutes, but USM forced overtime when Lessard scored low with 35 ticks on the clock.

In the first overtime, KSC had the majority of chances, and finally broke through on Nolan's winner with 11 seconds to go.  Awarded a free position shot, Nolan's attempt trickled past Vogel's leg and over the line.  Bellano netted another with eight seconds left in the second overtime to salt the victory away.

Vogel made 19 stops for the Huskies, while Taylor made nine for Keene State.

The Owls will step out of conference play to travel to Bridgewater State University for a 7 p.m. start on April 1.  The Huskies will be in action on Sunday, playing the University of New England at 3 p.m.