KEENE, N.H. - Led by a career-high six-point performance from junior Taylor Farland, the Keene State women's lacrosse program picked up its first victory of the 2017 campaign in a dominant win over Westfield State, 14-8, on Tuesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 1-7, 0-0 LEC
- Westfield State: 4-3, 0-0 MASCAC
How It Happened
The visiting Owls scored the first tally of the contest with an unassisted goal from Sam Coyle, before freshman Gabby Smith responded with a wrap around goal for KSC with 22:32 remaining in the first half to make it one across the board. Farland gave Keene State a one-point advantage with a strike three minutes later, but Westfield State's Marissa Nimeskern connected on a feed from Alexa Tonelli to make the score even at two apiece.
With 12:35 left in the first stanza, Keene State sparked offensively, as Farland converted back-to-back free position chances to give the Owls a two-point lead, before Tess Masci put away a bobble in the box and Smith connected with sophomore Chelsea Lewis, who found the back of the net, to extend Keene State's lead to four, 6-2. The visiting Owls cut its deficit to three, as Coyle put one past KSC off a feed from Syd Lambert with less than a minute on the clock, as the two teams went into the break with a 6-3 Keene State lead.
Back-and-forth goals opened up the second half, with Keene State maintaining at least a three-point edge, to bring the score 9-6, Keene State. With 20:42, Smith fired off an unassisted goal that ignited a 5-0 run for the home Owls, with three of those tallies coming off the stick of Lewis, for push Keene State's lead to eight, as Westfield State ended their scoring drought in the final minute with two goals for a final score of 14-8.
Inside the Crease
- Alison Argiro was impressive between the pipes in all 60 minutes of action, as the senior registered a season-high 13 saves. For the visiting Owls, Maria Woodall and Alanah Melanson split time evenly, as Woodall stopped six shots and Melanson made seven saves.
- Farland tallied a game-high six points with four goals and two assists, along with five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. Lewis followed with four goals, while Smith recorded two goals and two assists.
- Senior Amanda Makar and junior Tara Kilderry each picked up a game-high six ground balls, while Makar caused four turnovers and Kilderry caused three turnovers.
- For Westfield State, Coyle scored three goals, as Tonelli added two goals, two assists, five ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
- The Owls converted a season-high four-of-five free position opportunities.
- With the win, Keene State snaps a seven-game losing streak that opened the 2017 season.
- Keene State is now 5-1 all-time against Westfield State.
- Keene State will open up Little East Conference (LEC) competition on Saturday, April 1st, when the Owls will welcome Western Connecticut State at 1:00 p.m.
- Westfield State will travel to Fitchburg State for their first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest on Friday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m.