Keene State Tops Engineers, 12-3

Junior Erin Kenney

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Keene State College outscored MIT, 9-1, in the first half en route to a 12-3 victory in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Thursday night. Sophomore Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) earned assists on two goals for the Engineers (4-6) while senior Nicole Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) tallied three goals and an assist for the Owls (4-5).

Curry provided the first goal of the game as she corralled the rebound of senior Lauren Brown's (Agawam, Mass.) shot that hit the post and found the back of the net after two minutes expired. MIT made several charges at the goal, which resulted in four free-position shots but junior Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) came up with three saves. Following her last stop, the Owls scored in transition as junior Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, Mass.) connected on a feed from Brown. The visitors quickly increased their lead to 4-0 as junior Julie Trombetta (Trumbull, Conn.) recorded assists on strikes by freshman Kaitlin Nolan (Mahopac, N.Y.) and Curry.

After freshman Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) won the ensuing draw for the Engineers, senior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) redirected a pass from Kane to end the shutout at the 18:06 mark. Keene State responded with Curry winning the next draw and setting Brown up for a goal that would spark a 5-0 run to close the half. Brown followed with an unassisted tally while both Nolan and sophomore Christa Demovellan (Westwood, Mass.) connected on passes from Witherbee. Trombetta wrapped up the scoring burst with a solo effort that put the Owls up, 9-1, with four minutes remaining before the intermission.

Nolan and Curry increased Keene State's advantage during the first 10 minutes of the second half until a defensive battle ensued. Freshman Emilee Silegy (Keene, N.H.) ended the stalemate courtesy of an unassisted effort with 12:56 on the clock. Despite the deficit, MIT continued to attack and eventually found success on freshman Kristyn Berretta's (San Diego, Calif.) free position attempt. The game became a back-and-forth affair down the stretch, but the Engineers recorded the final goal of the night when junior Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) knocked in a pass from Kane with 1:14 left to play.

Junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) and freshman Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) both collected five groundballs for MIT while Wright generated three caused turnovers. Junior Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) notched four groundballs, followed by three from Du. Wallace and freshman Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) both chipped in two draw controls as sophomore Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) had four saves.

Brown finished the night with two goals, two assists, and five draw controls as Nolan recorded a hat-trick. Curry contributed three groundballs and two draw controls while junior Ashley Borjeson (Londonderry, N.H.) produced two caused turnovers. In net, Taylor totaled seven saves in 53 minutes of action as senior Christine Collins (Cheshire, Conn.) closed out the game with three stops.

Both squads face conference rivals on the road this Saturday, April 6. MIT will travel to NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College while Keene State will visit Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference tilt.