ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - The Keene State Owls won their first game of the season in an offensive showcase over Salem State 21-8 at Ann Dever Park.
- Keene State: 1-1
- Salem State: 0-2
How It Happened
The first six minutes of the contest saw the Owls offense get in rhythm going up 4-0 on Salem State. Brigid Casey got the scoring started at the 27:15 mark of the first half on an assist from Marina Pappalardo. Less than 30 seconds later, Erica Chareth put one in the back of the net coming off a Casey pass. Casey then added to her tally with another goal off a Pappalardo assist, before Chelsea Lewis joined the fun with a goal of her own. The Vikings got on the board with Taylor Lund scoring, before KSC responded quickly with four more. Pappalardo scored two goals less than a minute apart from each other, with both helpers coming from Ali Daisy. Chareth then added to her impressive first half with two more goals giving her a hat-trick, both coming from free position shots.
Salem State answered with a run of their own as they scored three consecutive goals to bring the score back to 8-4. Shayla Inglis scored at 13:51 from a free position shot, while Amanda Bradley and Tara Mclaughlin scored unassisted goals. Chareth then put away her fourth goal of the afternoon with another free position shot, before Brigid Casey added her third of the game with 30 seconds remaining in the first half. The Owls explosive offense gave them a 10-4 lead at the half.
The second half was more of the same exciting offense from KSC, as Casey added her fourth of the game just over a minute in. Paige Giuliano answered for the Vikings cutting the lead to 11-5, before Chareth scored her fifth of the day off a Chelsea Lewis pass. Giuliano scored again for Salem State before Pappalardo hit the back of the net for her hat-trick at the 22:55 mark, Chelsea Lewis then recorded her second goal to bring KSC's lead to 14-6. Kirsten Bradley scored for the Vikings less than a minute later before the Owls rattled off four straight to put the game out of reach. Casey continued her fantastic performance with a free position goal, followed by two straight from Chareth to bring her game total to seven goals. Casey then completed the double hat-trick off another free position shot. Salem State found the back of the net one last time at the 11:40 mark when Rose Sullivan put one away before KSC scored the last three. Emily Parker scored off a free position shot, followed by a Samantha Sullivan goal, then Ali Daisy finished off the offensive showcase with four second remaining to give the Owls a 21-8 victory.
Inside the Crease
- Erica Chareth led all scorers with a perfect seven goals from seven shots. Brigid Casey added six goals of her own to go along with two assists.
- Marina Pappalardo added three goals to go with a game high five assists.
- Paige Giuliano led the Vikings with two goals and one assist.
- Joanna Steinhauer picked up the win with nine saves, while Anna O'Brien added three saves. Gianna DeNisco had seven saves in the loss.
- KSC picked up 22 ground balls to Salem State's 19. The Vikings led the draw control category 17-13.
- The Owls rattled off 36 shots to the Vikings 22.
- Keene State stays down in Englewood, as they take on RIT on Wednesday, March 13th at 8:00 p.m.
- Salem State continues their spring break trip with a game against Fredonia on Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Englewood.