MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Keene State College women's lacrosse team took care of business on the final day of the regular season, coming away with a 19-9 win over Eastern Connecticut. With the win, the Owls guaranteed themselves the number four seed and a quarterfinal home game on Tuesday, April 30.
- Keene State: 7-7 (4-3 LEC)
- Eastern Connecticut: 3-14 (2-5 LEC)
How It Happened
Keene State opened up the game with a four goal run and never looked back, as they caught the Warriors right from the start. Marina Pappalardo got the scoring started when she finished off a Chelsea Lewis pass and at the 26:21 mark, Ali Daisy put away an unassisted goal to give KSC the early 2-0 lead. A minute later, Lewis took a pass from Pappalardo and fired in her first of the day, before Megan Gorham became the fourth different Owl to score, as she finished off a Daisy feed. The hosts finally got on the board when Tristan Kijak and Madison Renaud scored two straight to cut the lead in half. KSC answered right back with another run, this time scoring five straight, as Daisy scored her second goal off a Lewis helper. Erica Chareth then scored her first of the day off a free position shot, before Lewis added her second goal off a Tess Masci feed. With 16:40 to go, Gorham scored her second of the game off a Daisy pass, before KSC's top scorer, Brigid Casey got on the board with the help of another Lewis assist. Trailing 9-2, the Warriors grabbed two goals back with Renaud getting her second and Sydney Hogan adding a goal. With 5:15 to go, Emily Parker put her name on the stat sheet with a goal off a great feed from fellow senior Chelsea Lewis. The Owls rang off two more, when Gorham scored her hat-trick and Masci finished off a free position shot. Madison Renaud scored the final goal of the first half, but the overwhelming KSC offense gave the visitors a 12-5 lead.
Renaud got the scoring started out of the break for ECSU, but the Owls came right back with a three goal swing. Parker scored her second, Chareth put away an assist from Parker, and Masci fired in a free position shot to extend the lead to 15-6. At the 16:55 mark, Sydney Hogan scored back to back goals for the hosts, but ECSU couldn't put together a big enough offensive run. The Owls finished off the Warriors when Brigid Casey scored three straight goals, the first off a Daisy assist and the second coming man down. Her third straight goal came off a Pappalardo feed to give the freshman four on the day. Emily Parker put the exclamation point on top, when she scored her hat-trick off a free position shot, before Tristan Kijak grabbed the last goal of the contest. The Owls came away with a big 19-9 win, and guaranteed themselves the number four seed in the LEC tournament and a home quarterfinal game.
Inside The Crease
- Brigid Casey scored four goals, Chelsea Lewis had two goals and four assists and Ali Daisy added two goals with three helpers.
- Emily Parker scored three goals with an assist, Megan Gorham added a hat-trick and Tess Masci had two goals and one assist.
- Sydney Hogan led ECSU with a hat-trick and Tristan Kijak added two goals with one assist.
- Joanna Steinhauer picked up the win with nine saves, while Jessica Purick had 10 saves in the loss.
- KSC had 19 draw controls to ECSU's 11. The Owls outshot the Warriors 34-22.
- Keene State will host an LEC quarterfinal game on Tuesday, April 30 with a time and opponent to be announced.
- Eastern Connecticut awaits the result of Rhode Island College, to see their final seed in the LEC.