HENNIKER, N.H. - The Keene State women's lacrosse program cruised past New England College, 22-5, to claim its fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday evening at Don Melander Field in the Owls' final non-conference game of the season.
- Keene State: 5-6
- New England College: 7-3
How it Happened
Senior Tori Weinstock converted a free position opportunity early to give the Owls a one-point advantage, before the Pilgrims evened the score at one less than a minute later with 27:41 remaining on the clock. Keene State scored just 39 seconds later, as sophomore Gabby Smith found junior Chelsea Lewis, who netted her first tally of the game. Lewis' strike was the first of eight unanswered goals, as the Owls took a 9-1 lead with 18:27 to go. NEC halted the run with two quick goals to cut their deficit to six, but Keene State finished the stanza by outscoring the home team 7-1 to push the score to 16-4 at the break.
Coming out of halftime, freshman Ali Daisy finished off a pass from Smith and senior Taylor Farland tallied her fourth goal of the game to give the Owls a 18-4 lead, before sophomore Erica Chareth found the back of the net off a feed from Farland and sophomore Jill Tolman scored her second goal of the season to push the score to 20-4 with 17:51 remaining. From there, the Pilgrims netted one final goal, before Smith and freshman Shannon Weisensee each converted their free position opportunities to the seal the win for the Owls.
Inside the Crease
- Smith led the way with a season-high seven points with a career-high four goals and three assists for the Owls, while Lewis chipped in four goals and two assists. Farland registered efforts on all sides of the field with four goals, one assist, nine draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
- For the Pilgrims, Alana Scott tallied two goals, three draw controls and one ground ball, followed by Tara Bainbridge with one goal, three assists and eight draw controls.
- Between the pipes, junior Anna O'Brien earned her fifth win by making six saves, while her counterpart McKenzie Gallasso stopped 14 in the loss.
- Keene State converted on 10-of-12 free position chances, including going 7-of-7 in the first half. The Owls held a dominant 41-17 shot advantage overall over the Pilgrims and picked up 18 ground balls to NEC's 14.
- Keene State will travel to Western Connecticut State for a Little East Conference (LEC) contest on Saturday, April 7th, beginning at 12:00 p.m.