Players honored on Seniors' Day prior to the start of the match were (from left): Taylor Buchanan, Sam Barrone, Daniela Marchitto, Rachel Meotti and Christina Rully. (Photo by Katie Dulz).
MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Keene State College women's lacrosse team won 12 of 19 draws and never trailed in a 10-7 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
At right: Celebrating Taylor Shannon's third goal of the match in the final minutes were Christina Rully (26) and Ashley Wolk (11). (Photo by Katie Dulz).
The two-time defending LEC playoff champion, Keene (5-5) defeated Eastern (3-6) for the fourth straight time and sixth time in the last seven meetings. The Owls have won three straight and four of five this year, the loss in that stretch coming by one goal in their LEC opener at the University of Southern Maine last Saturday. Eastern has dropped four of its last five.
Keene, which has allowed an average of only 8.4 goals per match this year, limited Eastern to just two first-half goals and never surrendered more than two unanswered goal in a row.
Five different players scored first-half goals for Keene, which led by three goals at halftime, and after the Warriors opened the second half with a goal, the Owls scored three in a row over a span of three minutes to move out to a 7-3 lead ten minutes into the second half.
Nicole Curry won six draws and Kaitlin Nolan three for Keene while Morgan Markley picked up five ground balls. Eliza Witherbee led Keene with four goals, three coming in the second half.
Erin Taylor made seven stops in net for Keene, five coming on Eastern's 11 first-half attempts.
Junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) led Eastern with three goals, senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) contributing two, but no other Eastern player had more than one. Senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) had three of Eastern's seven draw controls. Shannon and junior attack Christine Lillis (Waterford) each had three ground balls.
Eastern hosts Westfield State University Tuesday at 7 p.m.