April 11, 2013

Owls hold off Ravens 13-11

KEENE, N.H.  4/11/13 – Keene State College and Franklin Pierce University rekindled a former rivalry for a day at Owl Athletic Complex on Thursday with the Owls prevailing 13-11 over the Ravens  in women's lacrosse action.

Seniors Nicole Curry (Hampstead, NH) and Lauren Brown (Agawam, MA) led the way for the Owls offensively. Brown had five goals, including a hat trick in the first 25 minutes of the game while Curry had four goals on her seven shots. Curry also chipped in defensively for the Owls with four groundballs.  "  I thought we played a great game," Brown said. "We moved the ball around on offense and got good looks and defensively, we had good communication and made some nice transition passes.  It was a great win for the team."

Freshman Nicole Dale (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) had four goals to lead the Ravens (2-7)  Senior  Courtney Weber (Centerport, N.Y.) added two goals and two assists.

Both teams traded goals until late in the first half.  It looked as though the Ravens were going to catch a big break at the 25-minute mark when junior Julie Trombetta (Trumbull, Conn) had a goal waived off, and was instead sent off the field with a penalty.

However, the resulting penalty only hurt the Ravens' chances, as Keene State went on to score three unanswered man-down goals to end the half, including one just before the halftime buzzer by Curry giving KSC a 8-6 halftime lead. 

After Franklin Pierce narrowed the score to 8-7, KSC responded with four goals in a span of 1:14  to  go up 11-7.  Brown, Trombetta, and Curry netted goals for KSC during the uprising.

The Ravens closed the gap to 11-9 on consecutive goals by Dale and Weber.  

Junior Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, MA) scored on a free position and Brown netted her fifth goal of the game to give the Owls a four goal cushion 13-9.

FPU made things interesting after freshman Nicole Beliveau (Westfield, Mass.) and  sophomore Madeline Shopshire  (Hyannis, Mass.) scored to cut the lead to 13-11 , but KSC was able to hold on for the win. to bring the Ravens within two with just under five minutes left to play.

Junior goalie Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) made 11 saves on 22 shots for the Owls. Junior Jacqueline Jolles (Hamden, Conn.) played the first half in goal for the Ravens and made four saves.  time Sophomore Julia Coakley Bridgewarter, Mass.) played the second half and stopped six shots. .

A close game statistically, KSC did have a 35-24 advantage in shots.

Winner of four straight, the Owls (6-5) will return to Little East play on Saturday (1 p.m.), hosting  Rhode Island College.  At the game, KSC will have a fundraiser for Team Billy and the National Brain Tumor Society.   Owl sophomore Polly Grey lost her brother to a brain tumor just before his 13th birthday.

The Ravens will be at American International on Saturday.