Providence, R.I.-Keene State College scored 11 unanswered goals to close out the game, leading the Owls to a 13-6 victory over Rhode Island College in Little East Conference women's lacrosse action at the RIC Lacrosse Field on Saturday afternoon.
Keene State (8-3, 3-0 LEC) climbed back from a 6-2 deficit early in the game en route to the victory. The Owls outshot the Anchorwomen, 37-20, along the way and won 16 of 21 draw controls.
Rhode Island College (4-5, 0-3 LEC) struck early and often on Saturday, as junior attacker Danielle Landon scored three straight goals in the opening minutes to put the hosts on top, 3-0. After junior attacker Jessica Ricci registered her first score of the game to up RIC's lead to four at the 21:01 mark, the Owls responded with back-to-back tallies to make it, 4-2, courtesy of goals from senior midfielder Eliza Witherbee and junior midfielder Polly Grey.
Ricci and freshman attacker Betsy Heidel helped the hosts bounce back with a pair of goals, increasing the Anchorwomen lead to four, 6-2, with 5:18 remaining in the first half. However, Keene followed with back-to-back goals to close out the frame, capped off by senior attacker Julie Trombetta's tally with just six seconds on the clock.
Trailing by two, the Owls stormed out of the intermission with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half to take a 7-6 lead. Freshman attacker Kelly Chadnick netted the game-tying goal, while sophomore midfielder Kaitlin Nolan posted what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 25:50 mark. Keene State went on to score seven more times over the final 25 minutes of action, while the Owls defense held RIC in check for the final 35 minutes of the game in total, keying the come-from-behind victory.
Chadnick tallied a game-high five goals to lead the Owls, while Nolan chipped in with three goals, two assists and three draw controls. Grey dished out a game-high three assists to go along with a goal.
Trombetta scored twice and added one assist, while Witherbee posted one goal, one assist, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore midfielder Laura Gendreau totaled six ground balls and a team-high four caused turnovers for the visitors to lead the defense.
Senior goalkeeper Erin Taylor made eight saves in net for Keene and earned the victory (7-3), while senior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone made 11 saves in the loss (3-5) for RIC.The Owls stay on the road Tuesday when they head to Plymouth State for their annual showdown with the Panthers at 6:30 PM.RIC hosts Southern Maine Tuesday at 4:00 PM.
(Courtesty RIC Sports Information)