DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Keene State's Chelsea Lewis (Londonderry, N.H.) netted the golden goal a minute and a half into overtime to edge out the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 9-8, following the Corsairs' fourth-quarter comeback on Senior Day. With the win, Keene State clinches the No. 3 seed for next week's Little East Conference tournament, and UMass Dartmouth earns the No. 5 seed.
Score: Keene State 9, UMass Dartmouth 8 (OT)
Records: Keene State (6-10, 4-2 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (8-8, 2-4 LEC)
How it Happened
Three Corsairs, including senior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.), junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.), tallied two goals apiece in the balanced attack. Senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) rounded out her line on the day with a goal, four draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Keene State's Taylor Farland (Fiskdale, Mass.) netted all of her game-high three goals in succession in the first half. Lewis, Tori Weinstock (Brookfield, Conn.) and Tara Kilderry (Glen Head, N.Y.) each found the cage twice to complete the Owl scoring.
After a 4-4 score at half, the Owls carried an 8-6 advantage into the final 15 minutes of play after a Weinstock goal at 17:32. Despite Keene State holding possession, UMass Dartmouth kept the visitors from extending the lead with seven second-half saves by sophomore Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.). At 3:32, Douty fought for a ground ball on a clear off a Burchill stop, and carved her way through the defense to pull the Corsairs within a goal.
Moments later, Douty secured a free-position attempt at 1:29 and sent a shot wide, but junior Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) picked up the quick ground ball and caught Keene State keeper Alison Argiro (Hingham, Mass.) off her line to knot the score at 8.
Keene State sealed the following draw control and fired off two point-blank shots with the clock ticking down, but Burchill deflected both as time expired. At the opening draw of extra time, UMass Dartmouth scooped the initial possession before the Owls forced a turnover, and on the trip the other direction Lewis ended the game with a rocket near the top of the arc.
Inside the Numbers
- Saturday's Senior Day contest is the closest contest between Keene State and UMass Dartmouth since the Corsairs' last victory, a 10-7 win over the Owls at home on April 27, 2003, and the first-ever overtime game.
- Burchill finished with nine stops, while Argiro stood tall for 14 saves including 10 in the first half.
- The Corsairs could complete just five of their 15 free-position attempts on the game, while Keene State went 3-for-7 on the open chances.
- After rattling off her three goals to tie the game at four in the first half, Farland ended her day with five shots, five ground balls and four caused turnovers.
UMass Dartmouth will travel to No. 4 seed Western Connecticut for Tuesday's opening round of the LEC tournament, with game time TBA. The Corsairs look to avenge a 15-13 loss to the Colonials during the regular season. Keene State will host No. 6 seed Southern Maine on Tuesday in the other opening round matchup.