Keene State Rolls Past USM in LEC Opener

KEENE, N.H. -- Led by senior Caitlyn Corace's (Mahopac, N.Y.) five goals, the Keene State College Owls rolled past the University of Southern Maine Huskies 17-4 in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse match Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.

The win was the third straight for the Owls who improved to 5-2 on the season. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slip below .500 at 4-5 overall. The game was the conference opener for both teams.

Using a balanced attack, KSC got goals from nine different players, with Corace's five leading the way. Junior midfielder Nicole Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) finished with a game-high four assists and two goals for six points. Junior Lauren Brown (Agawam, Mass.) finished with a hat trick and an assist, while sophomore Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, Mass.) totaled two goals and a helper.

Southern Maine had its four goals come from different players. Freshman Emily Garry (York, Maine) scored the lone USM goal in the first half, while junior Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine), sophomore Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and junior Jessica Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) each tallied markers in the second half.

KSC sophomore goalie Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) made seven saves for the Owls before giving way for junior Christine Collins (Cheshire, Conn.) for the final 12-plus minutes of action. USM sophomore goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) made 11 saves.

Early on in the contest, KSC jumped out to a 4-0 lead as sophomore attacker Julie Trombetta (Trumbull, Conn.) weaved around the net and scored in traffic at the 18:52 mark.

USM would hit the scoreboard as Garry, who had just checked into the game, scooped up a groundball off a rebounded shot and scored over the top of Taylor to cut the lead to 4-1.

It was all Owls after that, as they would score five unanswered goals, including Curry's goal from Witherbee with 3:15 left, for the 9-1 lead at halftime.

Turcotte scored right out of the gate for the Huskies to make it a 9-2 score, but KSC would outscore Southern Maine 8-2 down the stretch, for the 17-4 final.

Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (4:30 p.m.) when it hosts nationally ranked Bowdoin College at Hannaford Field. Keene State will host New England College on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).


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