PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The third-seeded Keene State women's lacrosse program battled with the second-seeded Plymouth State on Thursday evening, but the Owls eventually fell to the Panthers, 9-8, as time expired in a Little East Conference (LEC) semifinal matchup at Arold Field.
- Keene State: 7-11
- Plymouth State: 10-3
How It Happened
Senior Kelly Chadnick and junior Taylor Farland each registered two goals and one assist to lead the Owls, while senior Taylor Graf and junior Tori Weinstock recorded one goal and dished out one helper.
For the Panthers, Megan Tingley and Sam Sullivan scored three goals each, while Tingley also tallied a helper.
It was a tough battle from the beginning between the two teams, as Sophia Guerriero converted a free position opportunity just over two minutes into the game to gain a one-point edge on Keene State. The Owls did not let the Panthers hold the lead for long, as Weinstock won the draw and found an open Chadnick in front of the goal just 10 seconds later to even the score at one. Keene State grabbed their first lead of the game with 23:30 to go in the first off an unassisted goal from Farland, before back-to-back goals from Plymouth switched the lead in favor of the home team for the second time in the half. With 12:24 remaining, Chelsea Lewis picked up a feed from Graf and found the back of the net to tie it up at three all, as Graf followed with a tally of her own just 19 seconds later to give Keene State a 4-3 lead. The two teams traded goals to close out the half, including a goal from freshman Tess Masci, off a feed from Farland, with 16 seconds to go in the first stanza to send the two teams into the locker rooms with a 6-5 Keene State edge.
The Panthers opened the second half with a 4-0 run to jump out to a 9-6 lead capped off by an unassisted goal from Megan Tingley. The Owls halted the run by converting two consecutive free position opportunities, as both Chadnick and Weinstock found the back of the net to cut Keene State's deficit to one with 12:37 left in the second stanza. Weinstock's goal eventually became the final tally as time expired with Keene State trailing by one.
Inside the Crease
- Between the pipes, senior goalkeeper Alison Argiro recorded 10 stops in all 60 minutes, while Meg Brault made 10 saves for the Panthers.
- Along with Farland's three-point performance, the junior won six ground balls with a game-high six draw controls.
- The Owls held a 12-7 advantage in draw controls and held a slight 23-22 edge in shots over the Panthers.
- With the close defeat, the Owls see their 2017 campaign come to a close.
- The second-seeded Panthers will face top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday.