MANSFIELD, Conn. - Despite coming back from a six-point deficit, the Keene State women's lacrosse team fell to Eastern Connecticut State in overtime, 14-13, at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex in Little East Conference (LEC) action.
- Keene State: 7-7, 3-1 LEC
- Eastern Connecticut State: 8-6, 3-1 LEC
How It Happened
Averaging over 14 goals per game, Keene was held to three goals as Eastern raced to a three-goal halftime lead. The Warriors led by five with 20 minutes left before the Owls charged back, scoring six unanswered goals to move into a 13-11 lead with 8:35 left, as an unassisted goal by sophomore Tess Masci sparked the run.
Leading by two, Keene won the ensuing draw but turned it over and Burke cut the gap to one, 13-12, with seven minutes left. Alyssa Powers caused a Keene turnover soon after and Katie Burke forced overtime with a goal on an assist from Tristan Kijak with 6:08 left.
In the final 30 seconds of regulation Keene had a man-up opportunity with a chance to win the contest but sent two free-position shots wide.
Eastern's Maggie Bodington corralled her 11th draw control of the match in overtime and the Warriors never gave up possession, punching in the game-winner with 1:24 gone on Burke's free-position shot.
It marked the fourth straight time that the teams have played a one-goal decision, Eastern winning for the third straight time, second in overtime.
Winning goalie Jessica Purick stopped 15 shots – one shy of her career-high – with two saves coming in succession inside ten minutes after Keene had tied the game, 11-11 during a 15-minute run when it outscored the Warriors 10-2.
Limited to two goals in the first half, Lewis picked it up in the second half, scoring four times in a span of eight minutes to spark her team from five goals back. Lewis scored two in 40 seconds to make it 10-7 and her team-leading 48th goal of the year on an assist from Gabby Smith capped Keene's comeback and pulled it into an 11-11 tie with 11:24. Smith gave Keene its first lead, 12-11, with 9:15 left and Megan Gorham's only goal of the match less than a minute later pushed the Owls into a two-goal, 13-11 lead with 8:35 left.
Inside the Crease
- Junior Chelsea Lewis led Keene with six goals and an assist on 15 shots, while senior Tori Weinstock won six draws followed by Masci with four. Senior Tara Kilderry forced five turnovers and freshman Morgan Gilman picked up five ground balls.
- Burke led Eastern with four, while Kijak adding three goals and two assists and Jenna Glynn chipped in three goals. Glynn and Kijak each caused three turnovers and Taylor Behn picked up four ground balls, Burke and Michelina Pinto three each.
- In net, junior Anna O'Brien stopped 11 shots in the loss.
- Keene State held a slight 30-27 edge in ground balls over Eastern Connecticut State and a 36-34 edge in shots.
- The Owls will travel to Plymouth State on Thursday, April 26th for a 4:00 p.m. LEC matchup with the Panthers.
(Portions of this release courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Athletics)