KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College women's lacrosse team rang off 15 goals in the first half, en route to a 17-5 victory over Eastern Connecticut in the LEC quarterfinals. With the win, KSC advances to the semis on Friday, May 3rd at 1:00 p.m. against top seeded Plymouth State.
- Keene State: 8-7
- Eastern Connecticut: 3-15
How It Happened
Keene State knew that tonight's game would be their last at the Owl Athletic Complex for the 2019 year, and came out with a purpose. The Owls rang off eight straight goals to start the contest, and put the game out of reach after 10 minutes. Just 19 seconds in, Marina Pappalardo got the scoring started when she completed an Ali Daisy feed. The Owls grabbed two more in quick succession, when Brigid Casey scored off a Daisy helper and Pappalardo nabbed her second off Daisy's third assist. At the 27:01 mark, Emily Parker scored off a free position shot, before Pappalardo answered for her hat-trick just four minutes in. Chelsea Lewis then scored her first of the evening, off Daisy's fourth assist to give the hosts a 6-0 lead. Brigid Casey then received a pass and took off on her own, about 30 yards away from goal she noticed the ECSU goalkeeper off her line, and the freshman lobbed a beautiful goal into the back of the net from distance. Lewis followed that goal with a beauty of her own, when she took an Emily Parker pass and scored behind the back.
The Warriors finally were able to get on the score sheet when Madison Renaud finished off a free position shot. Sydney Hogan made it back to back goals for ECSU when she fired in a goal to cut the lead to 8-2. The Owls answered with two of their own, when Erica Chareth got on the board free position style, and Ali Daisy scored off a Lewis feed. With 15:16 to go in the half, Michelina Pinto scored the Warriors third goal of the evening, before Brigid Casey completed her first half hat-trick off Daisy's fifth assist.
Marina Pappalardo continued her explosive night when she put away her fourth goal off Daisy's career high sixth assist, and Chareth scored man down off a Pappalardo helper to extend KSC's lead to 12-3. Pappalardo then scored her fifth goal of the half, before the freshman Casey scored her fourth off a Cadence Loos helper. Those two goals gave Keene State a 15-3 lead heading into the half.
With the commanding advatage, the Owls slowed down the pace in the second half and the first goal didn't come until over 22 minutes in, as Stacey Brodeur finished off a solo effort for ECSU. Brigid Casey answered for the hosts when she fired in her fifth goal off a free position shot, and Tess Masci grabbed her first of the day off a feed from Meghan Jackes. With 2:14 to go, the Warriors scored the final goal of the contest as Pinto fired in a goal. Keene State came away with a big 17-5 win, and the Owls will continue their season in the LEC semis on Friday against top seeded Plymouth State.
Inside The Crease
- Ali Daisy led all scorers with one goal and six assists. While Marina Pappalardo had five goals and a helper and Brigid Casey finished with five goals as well.
- Michelina Pinto led the Warriors with two goals.
- Joanna Steinhauer picked up the win in net, making eight saves in 30 minutes. Anna O'Brien came in for the second half and recorded six saves. Jessica Purick had 10 saves in the loss.
- Emily Parker had a fantastic night with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Megan Gorham, Samantha Sullivan, Bianca Assenza and Masci all had three caused turnovers.
- KSC outshot ECSU 32-25 on the night.
- Keene State heads up to Plymouth State on Friday, May 3 for the LEC semi-finals and a 1:00 p.m. start.
- Eastern Connecticut's season ends after tonight's loss.