KEENE, N.H. - Led by a career-high seven goals from senior Taylor Farland and five assists from junior Chelsea Lewis, the Keene State women's lacrosse team picked up its sixth straight victory, as the Owls used a 12-4 advantage in the first half to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 19-8 in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 7-6, 3-0 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 7-5, 1-2 LEC
How It Happened
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a quick lead as Julia DiPillo scored an unassisted tally 19 seconds into the game, before Farland finished off a pass from sophomore Emily Parker a minute later to even the score at one. A strike from Lewis off a pass from sophomore Gabby Smith gave the Owls a one-point advantage at the 26:31 mark, but the Corsairs tied up the game with 24:54 remaining, when Sam Muir found the back of the net. From there, Keene State scored nine unanswered goals to take a 11-2 lead with 6:52 on the clock. UMass Dartmouth scored back-to-back goals to cut their deficit to seven, before Lewis and Smith connected again for the final tally of the first half, as the two teams went into break with a score of 12-4, Keene State.
The Owls scored the opening two goals of the second half with strikes from Smith, off a feed from Lewis, and senior Tori Weinstock to earn a double-digit advantage at the 27:00 mark. Two straight goals from Erin Kish for the Corsairs pushed the score to 14-6, but Keene State closed out the second half on a 5-2 run, with goals from freshman Megan Gorham, freshman Ali Daisy, Smith and Farland.
Inside the Crease
- For the Owls, Farland tallied a season-high eight points with a career-high seven goals and one assist, while also registering six draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Lewis tallied her second-straight seven-point game, as the junior scored two goals with a career-high five assists, while Weinstock added four goals and seven draw controls.
- Kish recorded three goals for the Corsairs and added four draw controls, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers, while Muir scored two goals with three ground balls and one caused turnover.
- Junior Anna O'Brien picked up seven saves in the win, while Kaitlyn Burchill made seven saves in 49:42, followed by four stops from Bridget Harrington in the final 10:12.
- Keene State held a 37-24 edge in shots over UMass Dartmouth and picked up 22 ground balls to the Corsairs' 18.
- The last time the Owls won six straight games was during the 2013-14 season.
- The Owls will travel to Plymouth State on Tuesday, April 17th for a 4:00 p.m. league matchup.