April 27, 2013

Keene State closes out the regular season with 16-7 win at Western Conn.

DANBURY, CT 4/27/13– The Keene State College women's lacrosse team closed out  its regular season schedule with a 16-7 victory over Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Keene State (10-6, 4-2 LEC), which has won eight of its last nine games, will be the third seed in the upcoming LEC tournament and host sixth seed Rhode Island College in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday (4 p.n.) at Owl Athletic Complex.  Western Conn. (7-9, 3-3 LEC) will be the fourth seed in the tournament and host fifth seed Eastern Conn.  in a first-round game on Tuesday.

Keene State, freshman Kaitlin Nolan (Mahopac, NY) led all scorers with five goals, followed by junior Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, MA) with three goals.  Sophomore Christa Demovellan (Westwood, MA) and senior Lauren Brown (Agawam, MA) scored twice each, and senior Lindsay McManus (Dover, NH) and freshman Emily Silegy (Keene, NH) each scored once.  Senior Nicole Curry (Hampstead, NH) handed out five assists for the Owls.

Scoring for the Colonials were senior Nicole Perrone (Brookfield, CT), sophomore Kelsey Heaton (New Milford, CT), and Junior Kirsten Hudock (Newtown, CT) with two goals each.  Senior Emily Brooks (Kingston, NY) scored one goal for Western.

Keene State jumped out to an early lead with a pair of goals by Witherbee in the game's first three minutes.  Nolan scored consecutive goals to put the Owls up 5-2. Witherbee scored her third goal and started a run of five unanswered Keene State goals, giving the Owls a 10-3 lead with just over four minutes to play in the half.  Goals by Hudock, Perrone, and Heaton sparked a 3-1 run by the Colonials, making the Keene State lead 11-6 at intermission.

Keene State continued to build on its lead, netting the first five goals of the second half to take a commanding 16-6 lead.  Nolan scored two more goals in the second half surge for the Owls.

Junior Erin Taylor (Brewster, NY) made 11 saves in collecting the win for Keene State while Western keeper Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY) recorded 19 saves in a losing effort.

Keene State held a 37-21 advantage in shots, and a 29-16 edge in ground galls. Junior Ashley Borjeson (Londonderry, N.H.) and Brown each scooped up six ground balls. Nolan also had four draw controls in the game.