DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Sophomore Chelsea Lewis found the back of the net just 1:32 into overtime to lift the Keene State women's lacrosse program to a 9-8 victory over UMass Dartmouth in a Little East Conference (LEC) regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 6-10, 4-2 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 8-8, 2-4 LEC
How It Happened
Junior Taylor Farland paced the Owls with a hat-trick, followed by a three-point performance from Lewis with two goals and one assist. Junior Tori Weinstock and junior Tara Kilderry scored two goals apiece.
For the Cosairs, Catrina Longo, Sam Muir, and Leah Douty each registered two goals, while Erin Kish added one helper.
Lewis was first to get the Owls on the board with an unassisted tally with 21:57 remaining in the stanza, before UMass Dartmouth went on a 4-0 run to earn a three-point advantage, with three goals from the Corsairs coming within one minute of play. Farland then fired off three consecutive goals of her own to bring the Owls even at four going into the break.
Knotted at 4-4 at the start of the second half, Keene State scored three unanswered goals, with one from Weinstock and two from Kilderry, to gain their largest-lead of the game to push the score to 7-4, KSC. Back-to-back free position goals from Kathryn Gibb and Muir brought UMass Dartmouth within one, before Weinstock converted her own free position goal with 17:14 to go during the seecond stanza. Neither team would score until 3:32 left on the clock, but Douty fought for a ground ball on a clear off a Burchill stop, and carved her way through the defense to pull the Corsairs within a goal.
Moments later, Douty secured a free-position attempt at 1:29 and sent a shot wide, but Julia DiPillo picked up the quick ground ball and caught Keene State senior keeper Alison Argiro off her line to knot the score at 8. Keene State sealed the following draw control and fired off two point-blank shots with the clock ticking down, but Burchill deflected both as time expired.
At the opening draw of extra time, UMass Dartmouth scooped the initial possession before the Owls forced a turnover, and on the trip the other direction Lewis ended the game with a rocket near the top of the arc.
Inside the Crease
- Today's contest is the closest contest between Keene State and UMass Dartmouth since the Corsairs' last victory, a 10-7 win over the Owls at home on April 27, 2003, and the first-ever overtime game between the two teams.
- With Kilderry's one caused turnover today, the junior broke the single-season record for caused turnovers with 38.
- Along with Farland's three-point performance, the junior picked up a game-high five rebounds and four draw controls, while Lewis also won four draw controls.
- Between the pipes, Argiro made a season-high 14 saves in all 61:23 minutes of play, while Kaitlyn Burchill stopped nine for the Corsairs.
- With the win, Keene State earns the third-spot in the upcoming LEC tournament, while UMass Dartmouth drops to the fifth-seed with the loss.
- The number three-seeded Owls will host the number six-seeded Southern Maine Huskies in the first round of the LEC tournament on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
- No. 5 UMass Dartmouth will travel to No. 4 Western Connecticut State on Tuesday for the opening round.
Portions of this release courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Athletics.