KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State women's lacrosse program outscored Western Connecticut State 12-2 in the second half to secure a 17-5 victory on Tuesday evening in the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship Quarterfinals at the Owl Athletic Complex. In addition to the win, senior Tara Kilderry became the all-time leader in caused turnovers for the Owls.
- Keene State: 9-8
- Western Connecticut State: 4-13
How It Happened
Keene State jumped out to an early one goal lead, as senior Tori Weinstock converted a free-position opportunity just 32 seconds into the contest, before sophomore Erica Chareth finished off a pass from sophomore Tess Masci to double the Owls' advantage at the 23:04 mark. Western Connecticut State answered back 23 seconds later, as Caroline Gilligan scored on a free-position chance. With 21:02 on the clock, junior Chelsea Lewis connected with a cutting freshman Ali Daisy, who found the back of the net in commotion, before Masci received the ball in the critical scoring area, beat multiple defenders and buried a shot to push the score to 4-1. Gilligan cut the Colonials' deficit to two at the 14:37 mark with her second free-position goal of the game, before the two teams traded free-position goals to make the score 5-3, Keene State, to close out the first stanza.
Keene State opened up the scoring in the second half at the 27:40 mark, as Weinstock finished off a free position opportunity to give the Owls a three-goal lead, before senior Taylor Farland followed by scoring back-to-back goals to make it 8-3, in favor of Keene State. From there, the Owls exploded to score six more unanswered goals, holding the Colonials scoreless until the 10:27 mark, when Brooke Baldelli connected with Lauren Bradshaw, who tucked the ball into the back of the net, to make it 14-4, Keene State. With 9:01 remaining, Farland tallied her fifth goal of the game for a 15-5 Keene State edge, before Baldelli responded by racing down the field with 6:16 to go, striking low for Western Connecticut State's final goal of the game. The Owls sealed the win with two final goals, as rookies Meghan Gorham and Marina Pappalardo each scored in the remaining minutes.
Inside the Crease
- Kilderry tallied four caused turnovers to become the all-time leader in caused turnovers with 128 in her career. Kilderry passes previous teammate Amanda Makar '16, who recorded 124 career caused turnovers.
- Farland led the way for the Owls with five goals and six draw controls, followed by Pappalardo with a career-high tying four goals, while Weinstock tallied two goals, one assist, three ground balls, six draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
- For the Colonials, Galligan recorded two goals, while Baldelli, Bradshaw and Cayla Routolo chipped in one goal apiece. Baldelli also added one assist, four draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover.
- In net, junior Anna O'Brien made 11 saves in the win, while Jennifer Sawicki recorded 15 stops in the loss.
- Keene State outshot Western Connecticut State, 41-21, and held a 19-11 advantage in ground balls.
- The Owls will take on Eastern Connecticut State in the LEC Championship Semifinals on Thursday, May 3rd at 4:00 p.m.