April 29, 2008


Owls Advance to LEC Tournament Semifinals

Keene, NH-Senior attack Michelle Mazzotta (Cromwell, Conn.) netted four goals to lead third-seeded Keene State to a 17-5 victory over sixth-seeded Rhode Island College in a quarterfinal Little East Conference tournament womenís lacrosse game played Tuesday night at the Owl Athletic Complex.


Senior defender Sydney Culbertson (North Kingston, R.I.) had two goals and two assists for the Anchorwomen, while freshman goalie Hilary Switzer (Woonsocket, R.I.) stopped five shots.


Keene State (12-6) advances to the semifinals where it will face second seed Southern Maine in Gorham on Thursday (3:30 p.m.).  In other quarterfinal action, fourth seed UMass-Dartmouth defeated fifth Western Connecticut, 18-10.  UMD will take on top seed Eastern Connecticut in the second semifinals game on Thursday.  The two semifinal winners will meet for the championship Saturday at the highest remaining seed. RICís (3-12) season comes to an end in the loss.


After the two teams traded goal in the opening four minutes, Keene State took total command, scoring the next 10 goals of the game to take an 11-1 lead.  Mazzotta scored all four of her goals and freshman attack Jenny Lillis (West Islip, NY) had a pair of goals in the uprising.  The Owls went to the locker room with a 14-3 lead.


Senior attack Lanaya Nelson, who finished with the game with three assists, set a KSC season assists record (35).  She broke the previous record (34) held by Mason. Freshman attack Lauran Sawyer (Westbrook, Me.) also put her name in the KSC record book by tying the mark for assists in a game (6).  Natalie Kent also had six helpers in a game against Castleton State in 2002.


Sawyer had three goals to go with her six assists.  Freshman Jill Kirk (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), Lillis, and senior Andrea Mitchell (Bow, N.H.) had two goals each.  Sophomore Dene Tully (Peabody, Mass.), and freshmen Emily Persano (Somers, Conn.), Annie Brown (Westwood, Mass.), and Kellie Olson (Spofford, N.H.) also had single goals.


KSC junior Jen Gearing (Westfield, Mass.) and freshman Meghan Ledoux (Standish, Me.) each played a half in goal and made three saves.


Keene State has won all 11 meetings between the two teams, including a 20-8 victory earlier this season in Providence. The Owls faced the Anchorwomen twice in opening-round tournament action, winning 20-2 in 2002 and 12-11 (3-OT) last year.