KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State women's lacrosse program scored three unanswered goals in the final four minutes to come within one of Emerson, but the Owls eventually fell to the Lions, 9-8, on Tuesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 0-6, 0-0 LEC
- Emerson: 2-4, 0-0 NEWMAC
How It Happened
The Owls jumped on the board first with back-to-back goals, as sophomore Chelsea Lewis found a feed from junior Taylor Farland and senior Taylor Graf connected with senior Kelly Chadnick, who found the back of the net for a quick 2-0 lead with 19:44 remaining in the first half. The Lions responded by converting a free position shot from Emily Quinn, but Keene State answered with a pair of goals from Farland and junior Tori Weinstock to gain its largest lead of the contest, 4-1, with 7:52 to go in the first stanza. Meredith Weber fired off two goals in the remaining minutes to bring the Lions within one, as Keene State held on to a one-point edge over Emerson going into halftime.
The visitors came out of the locker room with an offensive spark, as the Lions racked up a three-point lead with four straight goals. Farland cut the Owls' deficit to two with 21:50 left, but both sides locked in defensively, as Tara Windor broke the almost 10 minute scoring drought with a free position goal with 12:04 on the clock. Brooke Goshtigian added one more for Emerson with 7:24 remaining, as the Lions earned their largest lead of the contest, 9-5. Two goals from Gabby Smith, just under 30 seconds apart, and one from Graf brought the Owls within striking distance, as Keene State was down by just one with 2:10 to go. The Owls fired off one final shot with 45 seconds left to tie it up, but the comeback bid fell short, as the shot went wide.
Inside the Crease
- The Owls' senior goalkeeper Alison Argiro registered four saves in 60 minutes of action, while the Lions' keeper Kristina Modica made nine stops.
- Smith and Farland each notched two goals for Keene State, as Farland and senior Graf added two helpers apiece.
- Emerson received three goals from Quinn and Weber, while Weber won a game-high nine draw controls and registered one assist.
- Senior Amanda Makar picked up a game-high four ground balls and caused three turnovers, as Weinstock earned three draw controls.
- The Owls will host NEWMAC-opponent Wheaton (Mass.) on Saturday, March 25th for a 4 p.m. contest.
- The Lions will welcome Westfield State on Saturday at 4 p.m.