KEENE, N.H. - Led by five goals from freshman Ali Daisy, the Keene State women's lacrosse team cruised past Castleton on Tuesday evening for a 16-5 victory in a non-conference contest at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 3-6, 0-0 LEC
- Castleton: 3-5, 1-0 NAC
How It Happened
Sophomore Erica Chareth sparked a seven-goal to open up the scoring for Keene State, as the sophomore converted a free position opportunity just 1:14 into the game. Junior Chelsea Lewis netted three straight goals to push the score to 4-0 with 20:46 remaining, followed by unassisted strikes from Daisy, senior Taylor Farland, and freshman Marina Pappalardo. With 12:21 to go, Castleton found the back of the net to cut their deficit to six, yet sophomore Gabby Smith found an open Weinstock to make it 8-1, Keene State. The Spartans responded with their second tally of the game, before the Owls closed out the first stanza on a three-goal run, as freshman Megan Gorham scored her first career-goal in-between strikes from Daisy, to send Keene State into halftime holding a 11-2 lead.
Coming out of the locker room, Daisy tacked on her fourth of the night, before back-to-back goals from Smith and Lewis lifted the Owls to a 14-2 advantage with 15:45 to go. Castleton would rally once more and score three consecutive goals, yet Keene State answered with two final goals, as Farland connected with both Daisy and Chareth to seal the win.
Inside the Crease
- Daisy led all players with the rookie's second-straight five goal game, followed by four goals from Lewis. Weinstock registered eight draw controls, five ground balls, one goal and one caused turnover, while senior Tara Kilderry picked up five ground balls and four caused turnovers.
- For the Spartans, Emily Cross and Erin Shuttle tallied two goals, while Nadine Downing scored one goal and added four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
- In net, junior Anna O'Brien played all 60:00 minutes and registered seven saves for Keene State, while Samantha Hebb made 11 saves for Castleton, before leaving the game with 2:50 to go.
- The Owls held a 28-18 advantage in ground balls over the Spartans and dominated in shots, 31-16.
- Keene State will open up Little East Conference (LEC) play on Saturday, March 31st at 1:00 p.m., when the Owls host Rhode Island College.