DANBURY, Conn. - Senior Taylor Farland registered seven points with a season-high six goals and one assist, followed by four goals and three assists from junior Chelsea Lewis, to lead the Keene State women's lacrosse program to a 20-8 victory over Western Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest. With the win, the Owls improve to five straight victories.
- Keene State: 6-6, 2-0 LEC
- Western Connecticut State: 3-5, 0-1 LEC
How It Happened
Keene State opened the game on a four-goal run, as senior Tori Weinstock finished off a feed from sophomore Gabby Smith just 2:14 into the first half, followed by strikes from Lewis and freshman Ali Daisy. Brooke Baldelli converted a free position opportunity to halt the Owls' run, but Keene State answered with three straight goals to grab a 7-1 lead at the 13:46 mark. Kelly Lourenco cut the Colonials deficit to five with 9:22 on the clock, but Keene State outscored Western Connecticut State 3-2 in the final minutes of the first half to push the score to 10-4 going into the locker rooms.
The Colonials opened the second half with a quick goal from Caroline Galligan, before an unassisted strike from Daisy sparked five unanswered goals for the Owls, as Farland netted three and Weinstock scored one for a score of 15-5, Keene State. Western Connecticut State would score back-to-back goals, but Keene State continued to put on the offensive pressure. From there, the Owls found the back of the net five times, as Smith netted two goals, followed by one goal from Farland, Lewis and sophomore Erica Chareth to take a 20-7 lead at the 3:00 mark, before the Colonials scored the final goal of the game.
Inside the Crease
- In addition to Farland and Lewis' seven-point games, Weinstock tallied four goals and added three ground balls, seven draw controls and four caused turnovers, while senior Tara Kilderry registered four ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers. Smith scored two goals and added a game-high four assists.
- For the Colonials, Baldelli netted a hat-trick and recorded four draw controls with one caused turnover. Lourenco scored two goals and added one assist, followed by Galligan with two goals, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
- Junior Anna O'Brien registered nine saves in the win, while Jennifer Sawicki stopped eight in the loss.
- Keene State held a 38-20 shot advantage over Western Connecticut State and picked up 14 ground balls to the Colonials' nine.
- In the last five games, the Owls have scored 20 goals or more three times and lead the LEC with 164 goals scored this season.
- Keene State will take the week off from games, but will return to the Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 14th for a 1:00 p.m. contest against UMass Dartmouth.