May 1, 2007


Rhode Island College Women’s Lacrosse Score Report

Keene, NH







Rhode Island College (3-13)




Keene State College (8-5)






Keene State Sudden Victory Goal Ends RIC Season
, 12-11

            KEENE, NH—The sixth-seeded Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team had its upset bid of third-seeded Keene State College came up just short in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament as the Owls used a sudden-victory goal by junior Andrea Mitchell 51 seconds into the second overtime session to lift the hosts to a 12-11 win. 


          Under the watchful eye of Head Coach Denis Chartier, Rhode Island College was making just its second appearance in the Little East Conference Tournament. The Anchorwomen conclude their season with an overall record of 3-11.  


Rhode Island College junior midfielder Syndey Culbertson (North Kingstown, RI) gave the Anchorwomen their final advantage of the contest just 48 seconds into the first overtime. Keene State College (8-5) responded with a pair of markers to regain the lead, but Culbertson provided the answer with her fourth tally of the afternoon with just 33 seconds remaining in the extra session, sending the game into a sudden-victory second overtime period.


            Junior midfielder Kerry McDevitt (Jamestown, RI) used some late-game heroics to send the contest into overtime, converting on a free-position goal with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation. Keene State goalie Jen Gearing (Westfield, MA) was cited for an infraction and sent behind McDevitt, allowing McDevitt to register her seventh goal of the season into the vacated net. Gearing was issued a red card at the end of regulation, forcing the Owls to turn to freshman midfielder Dene Tully (Peabody, MA).  

Senior attacker Caitlin Gavin (Portsmouth, RI) and Culbertson led the charge for Rhode Island College each registering five points. Gavin recorded four goals and an assist, while Culbertson netted three markers and handed out a team-high two helpers. McDevitt also added a pair of markers for the visitors.


Rhode Island College jumped out an early 2-0 advantage as Culbertson and Gavin each had a hand in both markers with a goal and an assist. Both teams traded a pair of two-goal runs to forged a four-all tie with 3:39 remaining in the first half. Freshman defender Danielle Gelinas (Dayville, CT) scored her first collegiate goal with just nine seconds remaining in the frame to send the Anchorwomen into the intermission leading 5-4. 


Junior defender Jessica Shiel (Warwick, RI) cracked the scoring column to open the second stanza with her first marker of the season to extend the visitors advantage to 6-4. Keene State responded with consecutive scores to tie the game at the 41:45 mark. Gavin recorded her 51st goal of the season to put Rhode Island back out in front, but the Owls used a three-goal surge to take their first lead of the afternoon. 

           Gavin sparked a two-goal run in the final 93 seconds of regulation with her third score, raising her career total to 279. She will leave campus as the program's all-time leader in scoring, holding the career marks in points (324), assists (45), and goals. Gavin has eclipsed the 50-goal barrier in each of her four season's on the lacrosse pitch.  


Between the pipes, Rhode Island College freshman goalie Katie Kielbasinski (Windsor, CT) matched her third-highest save total of the season with 14, including turning back five point-blank range offerings to keep the Anchorwomen within striking distance. Gearing reached double digits saves with 10 in 60 minutes of action, while Tully did not record a save in two attempts.