Southern Maine Rally Comes Up Short at Keene State

KEENE, N.H. -- Sophomore Caitlyn Corace's (Mahopac, N.Y.) goal with 3:45 to play proved decisive as Keene State College withstood a furious rally in the final minutes by the University of Southern Maine to hang on for a 10-9 victory in Little East Conference women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon.

The win gives the Owls a 12-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in LEC play. The Huskies had a two-game win streak stopped to fall to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference. The game was the regular season finale for both sides.

Keene State earned a share of the LEC regular season title and will be the top seed in the upcoming tournament. Keene will receive a first round bye and host a semifinal round game on Thursday. Southern Maine will be the fifth seed and play a first round game at fourth seeded Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday (time tba) with the winner traveling to Keene.

Trailing 7-2 at halftime, Southern Maine scored four goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to pull within one. Junior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine/Pomfret School) had the first and fourth goals in the outburst. Freshman Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) had a goal and assisted on two to help USM get back into the game.

Junior Jamie Albert (Southington, Conn.) snapped the string of USM goals with her third goal of the game with 14:51 to play. Albert made it 9-6 with 5:47 remaining, and Corace netted her second goal of the day, assisted by junior Emily Persano (Somers, Conn.), inside of four minutes to go.

Vaughan, who led the Huskies with four goals, cut the deficit to 10-7 with 3:09 to go. Turcotte found the net on a free position attempt with 2:02 remaining, and Vaughan scored on another free-position shot with 1:02 left on the clock, but the Huskies could not get the equalizer to force overtime.

USM rookie goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass./Kents Hill) was outstanding making 19 saves, including 12 in the opening half. Sophomore Alyssa Marinaccio (Narragansett, R.I.) recorded 10 saves for Keene State.

Senior Jess Knight (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) had both USM goals in the first half and an assist. Vaughan and Turcotte garnered all their points in the second half.

Albert led the Owls with four goals. Corace and rookie Nicole Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) each had two goals. Junior Lauren Sawyer (Westbrook, Maine) dished out four assists.


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