April 6, 2013

Witherbee leads Owls over Warriors 10-7

MANSFIELD, CONN. 4/6/13 – Junior Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, Mass.) scored four goals, her second four-goal game in the last three games, and handed out two assists to lead the Keene State College women's lacrosse team to a 10-7 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Conn. State in Mansfield, Conn. on Saturday. 

"We did a good job running our plays," said Witherbee, who upped her season total to 18 goals. "We definitely stepped up our game today. We wanted to come out with a win because it was a conference game."

The two-time defending LEC playoff champion, Owls defeated Eastern (3-6) for the fourth straight time and sixth time in the last seven meetings. The Owls have won three straight and four of five this year, the loss in that stretch coming by one goal in their LEC opener at the University of Southern Maine last Saturday. Eastern has dropped four of its last five.

Keene State jumped out to a 5-2 halftime lead. 

After junior Taylor Shannon (Waterford, Conn.) scored three minutes into the second half to cut the Owls lead to 5-3, KSC reeled off the next three goals with junior Ashley Borjeson (Londonderry, N.H.) free-position goal putting them up 8-3 at the 19:50 mark.

Witherbee's fourth goal of the game made it a 10-5 game with 8:40 to play.

Senior Lauren Brown (Agawam, Mass.) tallied two goals while sophomores Christa Demovellan (Westwood, Mass.) and Polly Grey (Saratoga, N.Y.), junior Julie Trombetta (Trumbull, Conn.) and Borjeson each scored a goal.

Shannon had three goals for the Warriors.

Junior Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) finished the game with seven saves for the Owls.  Junior Haley Heslin (Hartford, Conn.) stopped two shots for Eastern Conn.

Keene State had a 12-7 advantage in draw controls and a 19-17 lead in ground balls.

Keene State hosts Franklin Pierce on Thursday (4 p.m.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two-time defending LEC playoff champion, Keene (5-5) defeated Eastern (3-6) for the fourth straight time and sixth time in the last seven meetings. The Owls have won three straight and four of five this year, the loss in that stretch coming by one goal in their LEC opener at the University of Southern Maine last Saturday. Eastern has dropped four of its last five.