KEENE, N.H.--Kaitlin Nolan scored four goals, Jenna Bellano and Eliza Witherbee each had three, and the Keene State College women's lacrosse team eased to a 15-5 win over Eastern Connecticut State University in Little East Conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Owl Athletic Complex.
At right: Erin Conn provided a bright spot in Saturday's 15-5 loss to Keene State by winning eight draws.
Keene (6-3, 2-0 Little East) scored early and often, rolling out to a 9-1 lead at halftime Eastern (2-8, 1-1 Little East) dropped its fifth straight and seventh in the last eight to Keene. The Owls were ranked No. 2 in the LEC pre-season poll, Eastern No. 3.
The Owls have won four of five and remain undefeated at Owl Athletic Complex this season in five contests. Eastern has lost four of five, the only win in that stretch coming against LEC cellar-dweller Rhode Island College in the conference opener last Saturday at Mansfield. With the win, Keene keeps pace atop the LEC standings with Western Connecticut, also 2-0, The Colonials blasted visiting Rhode Island, 23-9, Saturday.
Kelly Chadnick got the Owls on the board 94 seconds into the game with a free position goal, and Polly Grey doubled the lead with an unassisted tally less than a minute later.
Eastern had twice as many turnovers at Keene (20-10) and half as many shots (27-13), but won 11 of 18 draws.
Senior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY), who captured eight draws in the match, got the Warriors on the board with 24:25 on the clock, but ECSU would not score again in the first half. The Owls rattled off seven straight goals to end the half, beginning with Nolan scoring her first of the game off a pass from Witherbee, who got the next Keene goal at the 20:55 mark of the period. The two would combine for the next two goals, as Nolan scored from a Chadnick pass and then fed Witherbee for a man-up goal at 14:54.
Jenna Bellano had a hand in the next three Keene State goals, scoring two around setting up Chadnick for another.
The Owls continued to cruise in the second half, going up 14-1 on the strength of two goals from Nolan, and one each from Witherbee, Bellano, and Christa Demovellan. The Warriors ended a scoreless streak of nearly 45 minutes when junior attack Meg Eremita (South Windsor) scored with 9:12 left in the game.
Freshman Taylor Emmerson (Colchester) recorded six saves for Eastern.
Erin Taylor played 50:30 in the Keene net, making five saves. Libby Curran made two stops in 9:30 of action.
Eastern visits Westfield State College Tuesday a7 p.m. in a non-conference match.