March 24, 2013

Second half surge leads Owls over Westfield State 14-6

WESTFIELD, MASS. 3/24/13 – Leading 3-1 at halftime, Keene State College reeled off five unanswered goals in the opening six minutes of the second half in toppling Westfield State University, 14-6, in non-conference women's lacrosse action in Westfield, Mass. on Sunday.

The Owls of Keene State, who snapped a three game losing streak, improve their record to 2-4 while the Owls of Westfield State are 2-2.

After a scoreless opening 10 minutes, Keene took a 1-0 lead with 19:27 remaining in the first half on a goal by Lauren Brown (Agawam, MA). Nicole Curry (Hampstead, NH) scored three minutes later to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Westfield got on the scoreboard with 14:52 remaining on a goal by Maura Stack (Wilbraham, MA). Keenan's Kaitlin Nolan (Mahopac, NY) scored the final goal of the first half at the 4:05 mark.

Keene's five-goal outburst at the outset of the second half included two goals by Julie Trombetta (Trumbull, CT). Westfield countered with goals from Stack and Sadie Graham (North Andover, MA) to make the score 8-3, but Keene reeled off four consecutive goals, including two from Nolan, for a commanding 12-3 lead with 5:02 remaining.

"We came out flat, but started moving and getting into our offense in the second half," said KSC Coach Katie Arsenault.  "We have a lot of talent up front and they showed it."

Nolan led Keene's balanced attack with a season and game-high three goals. Scoring two goals were Trombetta, Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, MA), Brown and Annie Flynn (Mt. Greylock, MA). Flynn and Witherbee each had an assist.

Stack had two goals and an assist for Westfield and freshman reserve Sam Lungarini (Feeding Hills, MA) tallied two goals late in the game.

In a key team statistic, Keene dominated the draw controls, 16-6. Keene goalie Erin Taylor (Brewster, NY) recorded nine saves; Westfield goalie Mimi Khampaeng (Hampden, MA) stopped seven shots.

Keene State plays its first Little East Conference game of the season next Saturday when it travels to Southern Maine (12 p.m.).


Photo courtesy Mickey Curtis, Westfield State Sports Information