April 13, 2013

Owls down Anchorwomen 17-5

            KEENE, N.H. 4/13/13 –  Senior Lauren Brown (Agawam, Mass.) had four goals and an assist and junior Eliza Witherbee  (Newburyport, Mass.) finished with three goals and two assists, leading the Keene State College women's lacrosse team to a 17-5 Little East Conference victory over Rhode Island College at Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday.

            Witherbee and Brown top the Owls in scoring.  Witherbee has 22 goals, 14 assists and 36 points while Brown has 30 goals, five assists and 35 points so far this season. 

            Winners of five straight, the Owls improve to 7-5 (2-1 LEC).  RIC (4-6, 03 LEC) had dropped three of its last four games. 

            Keene State dominated play, scoring the first 10 goals of the game. Witherbee scored KSC's first goal just 48 seconds into the game.  Brown netted three of her goals in the first half as KSC took a commanding 10-2 lead at the break.

            After Lauren Maisano (Bristol, R.I.) scored to make it an 11-3 game early in the second half, the Owls reeled off the next three goals, going up 14-3 on a goal by senior Lindsay McManus (Dover, N.H.).

            KSC scored the final three goals of the game with freshman Annie Flynn (Mt. Greylock, Mas.) getting her third and fourth goals of the season.

            Sophomore Christa Demovellan (Westwood, Mass.) had two goals and an assist and senior Nicole Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) chipped in with a goal and four assists in the game for Keene State.

            Sophomore Jessica Ricci (Hope, R.I.) had two of the Anchorwomen's five goals in the game.

            Junior Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) and senior Libby Curran (Londonderry, N.H.) split the goaltending chores for KSC.  Taylor made four saves in the first half and Curran stopped three shots in the second half.  Curran made a couple of sparkling saves late in the game on a free position shot taken by sophomore Danielle Landon (Wading River, N.Y.) and a close-range attempt by sophomore Harmony Tillison (Cranston, R.I.).

            Junior Taryn Carbone (Cranston, R.I.) had a busy day in the RIC goal, facing 25 shots and making eight saves.  She robbed Demovellan of a goal early in the second half and made a couple of nice stops on shots by freshman Meghan Malloy (Keene, N.H.) later in the half.

            Keene State has won all 14 games between the two teams, dating back to the 202 season.

            During the game, the KSC women's lacrosse team had a fundraiser for "Billy's Team".  Owl sophomore Polly Grey (Saratoga, N.Y.) lost her brother Billy to a brain tumor just before his 13th birth day and the team raised money for the National Brain Tumor Society.  "It's a big help and I love their support to raise money and awareness about brain tumor research," said Grey after the game.  "I couldn't thank them enough. Even the softball team came to the game to provide support and half of them I don't even know.  It's been a great day and a great turnout and Billy was definitely with us today."