Women's Lacrosse Nabs 9-6 Win Over Rival Plymouth State

NEW HAMPTON, N.H.--Kaitlin Nolan scored the go-ahead goal with 10:26 to play to keep the Keene State College women's lacrosse team undefeated in the Little East Conference with a 9-6 win over Plymouth State University on Thursday evening.

The Owls, who have won five in a row, are now 9-3 overall, and 4-0 against the Little East Conference.  Plymouth State dips to 7-3, and 2-1 within the LEC.

Jenna Bellano scored all three of her goals in the first half.  Nolan and Polly Grey each had two scores for KSC, while Julie Trombetta and Christa Demovellan each got on the scoresheet once.  Erin Taylor made eight stops in the KSC net.

The Panthers broke the scoreless tie with a goal from Kaitlyn Wilder with less than three minutes played, but the Owls responded with Grey's first of the game and a free position goal by Bellano with 23:14 left in the first half.  PSU countered with a goal from Molly Gleason to level the scores at two.  

Bellano's second of the game with 13:38 left before halftime put KSC back in front, but the Panthers re-tied the game a little least than two minutes later through Jordyn Godfrey.  Bellano completed her hat-trick with a free-position, man-advantage goal with 27 seconds left in the first half to send KSC into the break up 4-3.

The back-and-forth nature of the first half continued into the second; Trombetta scored with a man-up goal early in the second half, and after Rachel Firstori and Demovellan traded goals to leave KSC up 6-4, the Panthers pulled even.  Amy MacDonald set up Caroline Vonachen to get PSU within one, then scored the tying goal her self with 12:22 left in regulation.

That would be the last goal the Panthers would score, as Nolan bagged the winner with 10:26 left in the game.  Nolan put further distance between the two teams with another goal with 2:04 left, and Grey made no doubt with her second goal of the game with five seconds left to play.

The Owls will continue LEC play when they travel to UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m.  Plymouth State will travel to Western Connecticut State for a 12 p.m. start on Saturday.