CASTLETON, Vt. - In a rematch of last year's first round game of the NCAA Division III Tournament, the Keene State women's lacrosse program held off Castleton, 16-13, in a non-conference contest on Wednesday evening, as Head Coach Katie Arsenault earned her 100th career win.
- Keene State: 3-7, 1-0 LEC
- Castleton: 2-6, 2-0 NAC
How It Happened
Junior Taylor Farland, the reigning Little East Conference (LEC) Offensive Player of the Week, tallied a game-high six goals and two assists for a career-high eight points. Sophomore Chelsea Lewis and senior Taylor Graf each recorded a hat-trick, while Lewis added a helper.
For the Spartans, Emily Cross totalled four goals, followed by a three goal performance from Grace Johnson and Ashley Pelkey. Johnson added one assist, while Pelkey recorded two helpers.
Castleton raced out to a quick start, with a goal in the first minute, before extending their lead to two after converting a free position opportunity with 27:25 to go in the first half. Despite the Spartans' early lead, the Owls fired back with five unanswered goals, beginning with back-to-back free position shots from Farland and freshman Tess Masci to even the score at two apiece and capped with a goal from senior Kelly Chadnick off a feed from freshman Gabby Smith to give Keene State a 5-2 advantage with 19:34 to go in the first. Castleton snapped a five-minute scoring drought and cut the Spartans' deficit to two with a tally by Cross, but Farland responded by splitting two defenders and burying a shot to give Keene State a double-up lead on Castleton. Lewis added one more goal to give the Owls a 7-3 edge, before Tiffany Danyow put back the final tally on the half to bring the score 7-4, Keene State.
The second half opened with goals by Graf and Farland to push the Keene State lead to five, but Castelton found an offensive rhythm and scored four consecutive goals to come within one, before the two teams traded goals with Keene State holding on to a 10-9 advantage. The Owls regained a three-point lead, as Graf put back a feed from Farland and Lewis recorded an unassisted goal, yet the Spartans put forth another three goal burst to tie the score at 12, as Nadine Downing put back a free position goal and Tiffany Danyow connected with Cross twice, to pull even with Keene State. After four minutes of back-and-forth play, Farland scored two goals in just 10 seconds to put the Owls in front for the final time, extending the score to 14-12, Keene State, as KSC finished the contest by outscoring Castleton 2-1 to hold on to a 16-13 lead as time expired.
Inside the Crease
- The Owls have won the past three meetings against the Spartans.
- Keene State fired off a season-high 46 shots, while holding Castleton to 18 shots.
- Senior goalkeeper Alison Argiro started the contest and recorded three saves for the Owls, but sophomore Anna O'Brien finished the match with one stop. The Spartans' goalkeeper Samantha Hebb registered 11 saves in all 60 minutes of play.
- Lewis scooped up three ground balls with one draw control, while junior Tori Weinstock piled in one goal, one assist, two ground balls, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
- Keene State held a 19-11 advantage over Castleton in draw controls.
- Keene State will head to Rhode Island College for a LEC matchup on Saturday, April 8th for a 4:00 pm start time.
- Castleton will have a quick turnaround, as the Spartans will travel to Thomas (Me.) tomorrow, Thursday, April 6th, beginning at 4:00 p.m.