CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Keene State women's lacrosse program opened the 2017 season at MIT on Wednesday afternoon, as the Owls suffered a 24-16 setback against the Engineers.
- Keene State: 0-1, 0-0 LEC
- MIT: 1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC
How It Happened
Sophomore Chelsea Lewis produced a game-high seven goals for the Owls in her Keene State debut, as junior Taylor Farland added four goals with two assists and senior Kelly Chadnick chipped in a hat-trick and one helper.
Cecilia McCormick and Emily Young each tallied six goals with one and two assists, respectively, while Rayna Higuchi netted five goals.
Chadnick notched the first goal for either team off a pass from freshman Gabby Smith, after Farland picked up a ground ball to regain possession. MIT responded with a goal of their own, as Rayna Higuchi put the ball in the back of the net to come up even with Keene State. The Owls grabbed a two-goal advantage off of goals from junior Tori Weinstock and Farland, before the Engineers pulled up even at four with two quick goals and 15:44 on the clock.
MIT ignited offensively with nine unanswered goals as their lead ballooned to a score of 12-4, before two tallies from Farland and one from Lewis brought Keene State within five. The Engineers would net two more goals before time expired on the half, as a free position goal by Chadnick gave the Owls another tally, and MIT held a 14-8 edge going into the half.
Keene State opened the second half with a 3-1 advantage to cut their deficit to four, but MIT went on a 6-1 run to extend their lead 21-12 with 12:00 minutes remaining. The two teams traded goals to bring the score to 23-14, before MIT added another to gain a double digit lead. Lewis answered with her seventh goal of the game to bring the Owls within nine, as Chadnick added the final tally of the night.
Inside the Crease
- Keene State holds a 3-5 all-time series against MIT, with the Engineers winning the past three contests over the Owls.
- Senior Alison Argio made eight saves and sophomore Anna O'Brien stopped four in the contest, while their counterpart, Eva Boal, saved seven in the win.
- Keene State cleared 16-of-20 attemps and picked up 19 ground balls.
- The Owls will travel to Roger Williams on Saturday, March 4th for a 1:00 p.m. tilt.
- The Engineers will host Tufts on Saturday, with a contest beginning at 1:00 p.m.