KEENE, N.H. - Behind a career-high seven points from junior Taylor Farland, the Keene State women's lacrosse program cruised to a Little East Conference (LEC) victory over Western Connecticut State, 13-7, on Saturday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 2-7, 1-0 LEC
- Western Connecticut State: 4-5, 0-1 LEC
How It Happened
Notched at one for the opening ten minutes of play, Keene State grabbed a two-point advantage after senior Taylor Graf found the back of the net with an assist from Farland and junior Tori Weinstock scored her first of the game off a feed from freshman Gabby Smith with 17:19 on the clock. The Colonials answered back with a goal from Lauren Bradshaw sent from Desiree Carey to cut their deficit to one with 16:38 remaining. From there, Keene State rattled off back-to-back goals from Graf and sophomore Chelsea Lewis to extend the Owls' edge to three with 5:51 to go, before Western Connecticut State struck one final time of the stanza, as Olivia Kosilla found Brooke Baldelli to sent the two teams into the break with a 5-3 KSC lead.
The Colonials tallied the first goal of the second half, before Keene State outscored Western Connecticut State 4-1, ignited by a hat-trick from Farland and one goal from senior Kelly Chadnick, to earn a 9-5 lead. Carey would convert a free position chance to bring the visitors one goal closer, 9-6, before the Owls scored three unanswered strikes, with goals from Weinstock, Farland and Chadnick, to give Keene State a double up 12-6 lead with 7:19 to go. The Colonials would tally one final free position goal from Amber Andrews, as Farland scored a final unassisted goal to seal the win for Keene State.
Inside the Crease
- Keene State outshot Western Connecticut State 36-24 and held a slight 18-16 advantage in ground balls, while the Colonials won 14 draw controls to the Owls' eight.
- Along with Farland's five goals and two assists, Lewis picked up two ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Freshman Tess Masci picked up a team-high three ground balls with three caused turnovers.
- Leading the Colonials was Carey with two goals and one assist with three ground balls and one caused turnover, followed by Olivia Kosilla with one goal, one assist, four ground balls, four draw controls and five caused turnovers.
- The Owls goalie Alison Argiro was terrific between the pipes, as the senior registered 11 saves over all 60 minutes, while the Colonials goalkeeper Missy O'Donnell stopped 12 stops in the loss.
- The Owls will travel to Castleton on Wednesday, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. for non-conference action.
- The Colonials will take on Westfield State on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.