Owls sink Anchorwomen 16-5; Advance to Semifinals
KEENE, N.H. 4/30/13– Freshman Kaitlin Nolan (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored four goals and junior Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, Mass.) had two goals and four assists to lead the third seeded Keene State College women's lacrosse team to a 16-5 victory over sixth seed Rhode Island College in a quarterfinal Little East Conference tournament game played at Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday.
Keene State (11-6), which has won four straight and nine of its last 10 games, moves onto the semifinals where they face second seed Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine on Friday (3:30 p.m.). Fifth seed Eastern Conn. upset fourth seed Western Conn. in the other quarter final game 15-7 and will move to face top seed Plymouth State in the second semifinal game on Friday. The two semifinal winners will play for the championship on Sunday (1 p.m.) at the highest remaining seed.
KSC Coach Katie Arsenault had a message for the team before the game, telling her players, "If you don't come out and play 60 minutes, you're not going anyplace else after this game. We went out got and got some early goals and our confidence started to grow," she said.
Keene State didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard, scoring 51 seconds into the game on a goal by senior Nicole Curry (Hampstead, N.H.). The Owls were just getting started, netting five more goals in a span of five minutes to take a 6-0 lead. Six different players found the back of the net for KSC. "We were able to work our plays and create good scoring opportunities," said Witherbee.
The Owls scored the last four goals of the first half to take a commanding 11-2 lead at the break. "We definitely wanted to come out strong. It was the first game of the tournament and we wanted to let people know we mean business," said Nolan, who scored three of her goals in the first half. "We want to make it to the finals.
After junior Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, R.I.) scored the first goal of the second half, KSC came right back with the next three goals to make it a 14-3 game.
Seniors Lindsay McManus (Dover, N.H.), Lauren Brown (Agawam, Mass.) and Curry each scored two goals for the Owls. Single goals were scored by junior Ashley Borjeson (Londonderry, N.H.), sophomores Christa Demovellan (Westwood, Mass.) and Polly Grey (Saratoga, N.Y.) and freshman Emilee Silegy (Keene, N.H.).
Signoriello scored three goals and sophomore Jessica Ricci (Hope, R.I.) scored twice for the Anchorwomen, who complete their season with a 4-9 record.
Junior Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) played the first half in goal for the Owls and made four saves. Junior Libby Curran (Londonderry, N.H.) and senior Christine Collins split the goaltending chores in the second half. Curran made one save and Collins stopped two shots.
Junior Taryn Carbone (Cranston, R.I.) had a busy day in goal for RIC, finishing with 16 saves, including a pair of great stops on close range shots by Witherbee and Brown midway in the first half.
KSC, which had a wide 41-14 advantage in shots and 14-6 lead in draw controls, has won all four meetings against RIC in the LEC tournament.
Keene State will now turn its attention to Southern Maine, a team that lost to 8-7 earlier in the season. "Our offense was non-existent and we didn't play with any intensity the last time we played Southern Maine," said Arsenault. "They played like it was a play-off game and we played like it was a scrimmage. When we left Southern Maine, we said we'd like to come back and play them again and we're going to get that chance"