KEENE, N.H. - Behind a season-high five assists from sophomore Gabby Smith, the Keene State women's lacrosse dominated Rhode Island College 16-4 in the Owls' Little East Conference (LEC) opener on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 4-6, 1-0 LEC
- Rhode Island: 1-4, 0-1 LEC
How It Happened
Keene State got onto the board just 1:51 into the contest, as Smith followed up on a missed shot and tucked the ball into the back of the net. Smith's strike sparked an eight-goal run to give the Owls an 8-0 advantage with 9:30 remaining, capped off by a first-career goal from freshman Shannon Weisensee off a feed by senior Taylor Farland after a free-position attempt. With 7:25 to go, Madison McKenna converted a free-position opportunity for the Anchorwomen's first tally, before sophomore Jill Tolman finished off a pass from Farland to extend the KSC lead back to eight. RIC would net one more in the first half as Taylor Theriault forced a Keene State turnover and found an open Alasondra Apici to make the score 9-2, KSC, with 2:37 to go. Junior Chelsea Lewis would cap off the scoring in the first half with her third strike of the day with 32 seconds remaining to push the score to 10-2 at the end of the first period.
Keene State would net the first five goals of the second half, off of three strikes from Lewis and two goals from freshman Ali Daisy, but Apici would tally one more for RIC off a feed from Sydney Homan with 16:42 on the clock. Smith would register her fifth assist of the game as sophomore Erica Chareth found the back of the net with 10:36 for a score of 16-3, in favor of the Owls, before McKenna finished an unassisted shot for the Anchorwomen to score the final goal of the contest.
Inside the Crease
- Along with Smith's five assists, the sophomore attack added one goal, followed by six goals, two ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover from Lewis. Weinstock helped the Owls with their fast start, as the senior midfielder tallied a career-high 11 draw controls and added one goal, one assist, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
- McKenna and Apici scored two goals apiece for the Anchorwomen, while Homan and Theriault recorded one assist each. Theriault added two draw controls, as seven players for RIC caused one turnover.
- In net, junior keeper Anna O'Brien made one save in the win, while Julia Eaton stopped 17 in the loss.
- Keene State picked up 23 ground balls to Rhode Island's five and held a 42-6 shot advantage over the Anchorwomen.
- The Owls were also successful on 10-of-11 clears and have won their past five LEC openers.
- Keene State will travel to New England College on Tuesday, April 3rd at 4:00 p.m. for the Owls' final non-conference contest of the season.