WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Keene State women's lacrosse team fell to Eastern Connecticut State on Thursday evening in the Little East Conference (LEC) Semifinals at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
- Keene State: 9-9
- Eastern Connecticut State: 11-6
How It Happened
Keene State scored the first goal of the game at the 24:16 mark, when senior Taylor Farland converted a free-position opportunity to give the Owls a one-goal lead, before Eastern Connecticut State responded with three straight goals to make it 3-1. Keene State answered back with three goals of their own, as sophomore Erica Chareth finished off a pass from freshman Ali Diasy, followed by a free-position goal from junior Chelsea Lewis and an unassisted tally from Chareth for a score of 4-3, in favor of the Owls at the 19:07 mark. The Warriors converted back-to-back free-position chances to take an one-point edge, yet sophomore Gabby Smith finished off a free-position chance 48 seconds later for the Owls to tie it up at five with 13:08 remaining in the first half. Eastern Connecticut State would score one more in the stanza, before Keene State fired off four straight goals to take a 9-6 lead, as Smith, Chareth, Farland, and senior Tori Weinstock all found the back of the net.
Farland extended the Owls advantage to four to open the second half off a feed from Lewis in the first 1:01 minutes of play, before Alyssa Powers responded 10 seconds later with an unassisted tally to bring the Warriors within three. From there, Keene State scored back-to-back goals as Farland found the back of the net, followed by a goal from sophomore Tess Masci off a feed from Lewis to push the score to 12-7, Keene State. Despite a goal from the Warriors off a Powers to Katie Burke connection at the 26:17 mark, Weinstock converted a free-position chance 2:11 later to maintain the five-point advantage. Eastern Connecticut State continued to put on the pressure, scoring three goals to cut their deficit to two, but Lewis halted the run with a goal off an assist from freshman Meghan Gorham for a score of 14-11, Keene State.
At the 16:59 mark, the Warriors started their comeback off a tally from Michelina Pinto with an assist from Jenna Glynn, as Eastern Connecticut State scored six consecutive goals to take a 17-14 lead, capped off by a strike from Maggie Bodington with 5:46 to go. With 2:36 remaining in the second stanza, Lewis scored the final tally off a feed from Gorham to come within two, but the Warriors remained on top as time expired.
Inside the Crease
- Leading the Owls was Farland with four goals, one assist, six draw controls, two caused turnovers, and two ground balls, while Lewis added three goals and one assist. Senior Tara Kilderry registered eight ground balls and two draw controls.
- For the Warriors, Powers rattled off six goals and one assist, followed by four goals and two assists from Pinto. Bodington added 10 draw controls, three ground balls and two goals.
- Junior Anna O'Brien made nine saves in the loss, while Jessica Purick stopped 11 in the win.
- Eastern Connecticut State held a slight 34-31 advantage in shots over Keene State, while picking up 24 ground balls to the Owls' 23.
- The Owls finish off their season with four graduating seniors - Farland, Weinstock, Kilderry and Cora Telles. Farland finishes her career ranked eighth all-time in goal scored with 128, fifth all-time in draw controls with 159, and 10th all-time in points with 171, while Weinstock ranks third all-time in draw controls with 170 and tied for fifth all-time in caused turnovers with 28. Kilderry holds the all-time record in career caused turnovers with 130 and ranks fourth all-time in ground balls with 186. Telles caps off her career with 47 appearances, 31 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers.