GORHAM, Maine - The Keene State College women's lacrosse team fell to Southern Maine 16-13 in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
- Keene State: 4-6 (1-2 LEC)
- Southern Maine: 6-4 (3-0 LEC)
How It Happened
It took only 30 seconds for Brigid Casey to continue her fantastic rookie season, grabbing her first goal for the early lead. Less than a minute later, USM tied things up, when Aliza Jordan scored for the hosts. The Owls responded with two straight, as Ali Daisy scored off a Casey assist, before Chelsea Lewis grabbed her first goal of the day. The Huskies came right back with four straight goals, as Allison Irish, Taylor Rinaldi, Rinaldi again, and Irish put Southern Maine up 5-3. Marina Pappalardo then scored an unassisted goal to cut the lead to one, before Colleen Fleming brought the lead back to two for USM. The back and forth half continued when Erica Chareth scored unassisted at the 3:15 mark, before Fleming added another for the hosts. Chelsea Lewis then scored her second goal of the game to bring the Owls back within one. Southern Maine ended the high scoring half with two goals in the last 30 seconds, as Lindsey Keenan and Irish gave them a 9-6 lead at the break.
KSC picked things up at the start of the second half with two quick goals, as Ali Daisy and Brigid Casey both scored off man-up chances to cut the lead to one. USM started to pull away, as they rattled home four straight goals with Keenan, Jordan twice and Keenan again scoring. At the 14:48 mark, Brigid Casey completed her hat-trick, before Southern Maine added three more to bring the lead to 16-9. Casey then scored her fourth of the game unassisted, before Megan Gorham followed with her first goal. Keene State added two more, as Ali Daisy scored off another Casey assist and Chelsea Lewis tallied off a Daisy feed. However, the late run wasn't enough, as Keene State fell to Southern Maine for the first time since 2013, 16-13.
Inside the Crease
- Aliza Jordan led all players with five goals and three assists, Lindsey Keenan had four goals and one helper. Both Rindaldi and Irish finished with three goals and two assists.
- Brigid Casey led KSC with four goals and two assists, while Ali Daisy had a hat-trick and an assist. Chelsea Lewis also pitched in three goals.
- Hala Van Nostrand picked up the win in net with 12 saves. Anna O'Brien and Joanna Steinhauer split duty for the Owls, with five and four saves respectiviely.
- USM had 27 draw controls to KSC's 17. The shots were even at 31 a piece.
- Keene State travels to Castleton on Wednesday, April 17 for a 7 p.m. start.
- Southern Maine heads to Plymouth State on Wednesday, April 17 for a 7 p.m. start.