KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State women's lacrosse team used a 10-6 advantage in the first half en route to a 18-13 victory over Southern Maine in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex on Senior Day. With the win, the Owls have earned the third seed in the upcoming tournament, while the Huskies will be the fifth seed.
- Keene State: 8-8, 4-2 LEC
- Southern Maine: 9-7, 2-4 LEC
How It Happened
Keene State raced out to a six goal lead, as junior Chelsea Lewis knocked down back-to-back goals with an unassisted tally, before finishing off a feed from junior Emily Parker. At the 23:30 mark, freshman Ali Daisy pushed the score to 3-0 in favor of the Owls after collecting a pass from senior Taylor Farland. Just under four minutes later, sophomore Tess Masci converted a free position chance for her first goal of the game, before senior Tori Weinstock sent in a pass from behind the goal to a cutting sophomore Erica Chareth, who tucked a low shot into the corner to give the Owls a five goal lead. At the 16:09 mark, Masci capped off the run with an unassisted strike to make it 6-0, Keene State. Southern Maine finally got onto the board 17 seconds later, as Alex Farley and Aliza Jordan converted back-to-back free position opportunities to cut their deficit to four. Weinstock extended the Owls' lead back to five with a free position chance with 14:39 remaining, but Jordan fired off three straight goals to bring the Huskies within two to make it 7-5, Keene State. The Owls closed out the first half with a 3-1 edge with goals from Daisy, Chareth and freshman Meghan Gorham to make it 10-6, Keene State, at the break.
The Owls pushed their lead to five in the opening minute of the second half, as Lewis found an open sophomore Sarah Melvin and tucked a shot low into the net, before the Huskies countered with two consecutive goals as Allison Irish, off a pass from Ruth Nadeau, and Jordan each found the back of the net. The two teams traded goals for the next nine straight strikes to make it 16-12 in favor of Keene State, capped off by a free position goal from Parker with 8:25 to go. From there, Masci scored an easy catch and finish off a pass from freshman Ali Daisy, followed by a final strike from Jordan off a pass from Nadeau, before Masci sealed the win for the Owls at the 1:55 to go mark with a free position goal.
Inside the Crease
- Before today's game, seniors Farland, Weinstock, Tara Kilderry and Cora Telles of the Keene State College women's lacrosse class of 2018. The combined record for the class is 33-39 and 17-6 in LEC play, earning two LEC tournament titles during 2015 and 2016. The Owls have reached the NCAA tournament two times, including advancing to the second round in 2016 for the first time in school history.
- For the Owls, Masci scored a career-high four goals and Chareth scored a career-high tying four goals, followed by Lewis with three goals and two assists. Weinstock added one goal, one assist, eight draw controls, three ground balls and one caused turnover, as Kilderry registered seven caused turnovers and six ground balls.
- For the Huskies, Jordan recorded a game-high nine points on six goals and three assists with six ground balls, eight draw controls and four caused turnovers, while Colleen Fleming added three goals, six draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
- In goal, junior Anna O'Brien recorded nine saves in the win, while Hala Van Nostrand stopped eight in the loss.
- Keene State held a slight 35-38 shot and a 23-14 ground ball advantage over Southern Maine.
- The third-seeded Owls will host the fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State on Tuesday, May 1st for a 5:00 p.m. contest at the Owl Athletic Complex.