Women's Lacrosse Edged by In-State Rival
New England College women’s lacrosse would allow a goal with 1:16 remaining in regulation as the Keene State Owls would edge the Pilgrims 12-11 Thursday afternoon in Keene. The loss is the second straight for the Pilgrims who fall to 2-4 on the season.
The Pilgrims would use two quick goals one by Chelsea Bennett and another by Jodie Dresser to take the early 2-0 lead. Keene would answer netting the next three goals to take their first lead of the afternoon just 3:45 into the first half. The two teams would continue to battle back-and-forth as the Owls would use two unanswered goals in the final four minutes of the first half to send the game into intermission tied 6-6.
The second half was much of the same as we would see five ties and four lead changes throughout the final 30 minutes of play. The Pilgrims would take the lead early in the half but the Owls would score back-to-back goals at the 18:48 mark to grab the 11-10 lead. NEC’s Brandi Vittum would tie the game at 11-11 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation but Keene’s Michelle Mazzotta would net the game-winner slipping past the Pilgrim defense with 1:16 left on the clock, leading the Owls to the 12-11 victory.
Leading the way for NEC was Emily Tanguay and Brandi Vittum who each scored four goals. NEC’s Casey McFarland dished out two assists on the afternoon. In goal for the Pilgrims was Alexandra DiRico who finished with 19 saves.