Keene State Rolls Past Southern Maine in LEC

KEENE, N.H. -- After conceding the game's opening goal, second-seeded Keene State scored 17 unanswered goals to cruise past third-seeded Southern Maine Thursday night in a semifinal game of the Little East Conference tournament at the Owls Athletic Complex.

Sophomore Lauren Brown (Agawam, Mass.) led the Owls' offensive outburst scoring five goals. Junior Caitlyn Corace (Mahopac, N.Y.) had six points on four goals and two assists. Senior Jamie Albert (Southington, Conn.) had a goal and five assists for six points, and senior Lauren Sawyer (Westbrook, Maine) had one goal and four assists. Freshman goalie Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) made 10 saves.

Freshman Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) scored the lone goal of the game for USM. Sophomore goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass.) stopped 10 shots. Kiesel finished the season with a single-season record 285 saves.

Forster gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of the play converting a free-position attempt. The lead lasted less than a minute as senior Jill Kirk (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) tied the score off an assist from classmate Emily Persano (Somers, Conn.). Corace would give the Owls the lead for good a minute later converting a set-up from Albert. Brown, Kirk and Persano would score twice before halftime helping stake the Owls to a 9-1 advantage.

The Owls, winners of their last eight games, improved to 12-5 overall. They advance to the LEC championship game at top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Eastern Connecticut edged fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University, 9-8, in the other semifinal game.

The Huskies, the defending LEC tournament champion, finished their season 8-11.


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