Bellano's Late Winner Leads Keene State Past MIT

KEENE, N.H.--Kelly Chadnick scored five goals as the Keene State College women's lacrosse team came back from an 11-9 hole to beat the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 13-12 in overtime on Thursday night.

In addition to Chadnick's offensive outburst, Kaitlin Nolan had three goals and two assists, while Erin Taylor made nine saves, including a pair of crucial stops late in overtime.  Eliza Witherbee added two goals and two assists for the Owls.

MIT was led by a seven goal showing from Kira Schott.

After falling behind 3-0, MIT roared back to take a 6-5 lead at halftime.  Nolan opened the scoring with an unassisted goal, and Witherbee set up Christa Demovellan and Chadnick for goals nearly five minutes apart as the Owls zoomed out to an early lead.  After Schott got MIT on the board, Witherbee scored her first of the game with 16:16 on the clock for a 4-1 KSC lead.

MIT would come back, scoring four of the final five goals of the half to lead at the break.  A free position goal from Schott and an unassisted goal by Hannah Levy drew MIT within one, and after Chadnick scored to restore a two goal lead, MIT closed out the half with markers from Kristyn Berretta, Kira Schott, and Isabella DiDio.

The Owls regained the lead in the second half, as Witherbee potted her 20th goal of the season less than five minutes into the half, and Chadnick's third of the game put the Owls back in front.  After Schott and Nolan traded goals, MIT took a 9-8 lead through DiDio and Schott.  

Nolan set up Ashley Borjeson for another game tying goal, only to see Schott responed with two more tallies to give the Engineers an 11-9 lead with 6:44 to play.  Nolan again scored to pull the Owls to within 11-10, and Chadnick gave the Owls their last lead in regulation, scoring with 55 seconds to go for a 12-11 KSC lead.

Taylor was singlehandedly keeping MIT at bay, stuffing Schott and Berretta in the final 25 seconds of regulation, but Beretta forced overtime with less than one second left on the clock.

Undeterred, Keene State went to overtime, where Bellano netted the winner at the 1:54 mark of the first overtime.  Taylor meanwhile, kept MIT off the board in overtime, stoning Schott twice in the last two minutes.  

Keene State returns home to host Eastern Connecticut State University in Little East Conference play at 1 p.m. on April 5 at Owl Athletic Complex.  MIT will host Smith College on the same day, also at 1 p.m.