CLERMONT, Fla.--Playing a full game for the first time in two weeks, the Keene State College women's lacrosse team fell to Rowan University 15-10 on Saturday.
Keene State is now 2-2, while Rowan improves to 4-2.
The Owls spotted the Profs the first five goals of the game before playing an even contest the rest of the way. Two goals each from Jamie Blondina and Becca Wood, and another from Brittany Bollendorf gave Rowan a 5-0 lead over the first 16 minutes of the game.
KSC got on the board on an unassisted goal from Kaitlin Nolan with 12:43 on the clock. Rowan scored through Wood's third of the game, and the teams traded two goals before halftime, as Keene State' got goals from Christa Demovellan and Julie Trombetta to make it 8-3 at halftime.
The Owls opened the second half on the attack, as Trombetta and Eliza Witherbee trimmed the gap to 8-5 with less than five minutes played in the second half. Two goals from Blondina sandwiched around another from Rachel Emerson put Rowan back up 11-5, only to see KSC pull back within six on Trombetta's third of the game with 17:53 to play.
Rowan tried to pull away, going up 15-7 with goals from Jess Casterline, Kelly O'Brien, and Wood, but the Owls scored the final three goals of the contest. Nolan set up Witherbee with 8:13 left, then scored her third of the game at the 6:10 mark. Kelly Chadnick also got in on the action off a Witherbee feed with 3:31 to go, but KSC could not get closer.
Nolan finished with three goals and three assists for KSC, whose first game in Florida was cancelled due to a thunderstorm. Erin Taylor made 11 saves in the KSC net.
The Owls return to the Granite State for a game at Colby-Sawyer College on March 26 at 4 p.m.