KEENE, N.H.--Kaitlin Nolan scored four goals to lead the Keene State College women's lacrosse team to a 12-7 win over Western Connecticut State University at Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon. The win gives KSC their first outright Little East Conference championship and the top seed in the upcoming LEC tournament.
The Owls shared the regular season championship with Plymouth State University and Eastern Connecticut State University in 2010. KSC has won LEC tournament titles in 2009, 2011, and 2012. Western Connecticut State was seeking their first ever LEC title.
KSC will host a to be determined opponent the semifinals on May 2 at 2 p.m. The Owls are now 12-4, and 6-0 in the LEC, while the Colonials fall to 8-6, and 5-1 in the LEC. Western Connecticut State will also host a semifinal on May 2.
Keene State raced out to a quick 4-0 lead in less than four minutes. Ashley Borjeson's free position shot put the Owls in front, and Jenna Bellano set up the next two for the Owls, scored by Kaitlin Nolan and Kelly Chadnick. Another goal from Borjeson made it 4-0 before Destinee Carey got WCSU on the board.
The Owls continued to add their lead, as Laura Gendreau scored her first of the season at the 21:00 mark, and Chadnick, Julie Trombetta, and Nolan all scored in the next 11 minutes to increase the lead to 8-1.
Hyla Costello ended the drought for the Colonials with a free position goal with 5:15 to go, but KSC ended the half up 11-3, as Eliza Witherbee scored twice and Nolan added another around a marker from Costello.
The Colonials held KSC scoreless for the first 27:27 of the first half, pulling to within 11-6 when Heaton scored with 17:07 to play. Nolan's final goal of the game with 2:23 left cemented the win.
Keene State's Erin Taylor made 11 stops, while counterpart Karli Portnoy made 11 for the Colonials.