KEENE, N.H. - Despite a five goal and one assist performance from sophomore Chelsea Lewis, the Keene State women's lacrosse team fell in overtime to Eastern Connecticut State, 12-11, on Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex in a Little East Conference (LEC) matchup.
- Keene State: 4-9, 2-1 LEC
- Eastern Connecticut State: 9-4, 2-0 LEC
How It Happened
Paige Schneider led all players with six goals, while Katie Burke scored one goal with five assists for the Warriors.
The Owls jumped out to a quick 4-0 start, ignited by an unassisted goal from junior Taylor Farland. The Warriors cut their deficit to two with goals from Schneider and Pinto, both helped by Burke, before Lewis converted a free position shot with 18:03 on the clock to make the score 5-3, Keene State. Eastern Connecticut responded with three consecutive goals, as the visitors knotted the score at five all with 8:07 remaining in the first stanza. Junior Tori Weinstock struck a final tally for the Owls, as the two teams went into the locker room with Keene State holding a 6-5 advantage.
Freshman Gabby Smith found the back of the net first out of the break to give the Owls a two-point edge, but Madison Renaud finished off a feed from Taylor Pendergast and got one back for Eastern Connecticut State for a score of 7-6, Keene State, with 25:54 to go. Lewis regained the two point lead for Keene State after beating multiple defenders, yet Eastern Connecticut State fired back with three unanswered goals to grab a one-point advantage, 9-8, and their first lead of the game. The Owls did not go away offensively, as Lewis put one back and Graf found Masci in front of the net, easily putting the ball past the Warriors keeper Taylor Emmerson, to switch the lead back in favor of Keene State, 10-9. Back-and-forth free-position chances for each team, from Schneider and senior Kelly Chadnick, pushed the score to 11-10, but Jenna Glynn found Alyssa Powers with 5:46 remaining to give the Warriors the goal to tie it up at 11. With two seconds remaining, Powers had an opportunity in front the Keene State net, but sophomore Anna O'Brien made a point-blank save to force the contest into overtime.
With 24 seconds left in overtime, Burke sent a pass up the field to an open Powers in front the net, who fired off a shot past O'Brien to score a goal for the game winner.
Inside the Crease
- Senior goalkeeper Alison Argiro stopped two in 53:10 minutes of play, while O'Brien finished up the contest, making two saves. For the Warriors, Emmerson recorded nine saves.
- Along with Weinstock's two goals, the junior recorded five draw controls and caused one turnover, while junior Tara Kilderry scooped up six ground balls with five caused turnovers.
- For the Warriors, Taylor Behn caused a team-high five turnovers and picked up five ground balls, as Michelina Pinto added one goal, six draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
- Keene State held a 29-23 advantage in shots over Eastern Connecticut State and a slight 14-10 edge in draw controls.
- Prior to today's contest, the five members of the 2017 senior class - Alison Argiro, Kelly Chadnick, Gretchen Faulstich, Taylor Graf, and Amanda Makar - were honored for their dedication and commitment to the program.
- The Owls will have a break before heading to Southern Maine next Saturday, April 22nd for a LEC contest against the Huskies, beginning at 12:00 p.m.
- The Warriors will host Rhode Island College on Tuesday, April 18th at 4:30 p.m.