April 30, 2013



Keene, N.H.-Junior attacker Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI) scored three times, while sophomore attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) netted two markers, but sixth-seeded Rhode Island College saw its season come to an end in a 16-5 loss to third-seeded Keene State in first round action of the 2013 Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament played at the Owl Athletic Complex.


Freshman Kaitlin Nolan (Mahopac, NY) scored four goals and junior Eliza Witherbee (Newburyport, MA) had two goals and four assists to lead the hosts to the victory.


Keene State (11-6), which has won four straight and nine of its last 10 games, moves onto the semifinals where they face second seed Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine on Friday (3:30 p.m.).  Fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut upset fourth-seeded Western Connecticut in the other quarter final game 15-7 and will move to face top seed Plymouth State in the second semifinal game on Friday.  The two semifinal winners will play for the championship on Sunday (1 p.m.) at the highest remaining seed.


Keene State didnít waste any time getting on the scoreboard, scoring 51 seconds into the game on a goal by senior Nicole Curry (Hampstead, NH). The Owls were just getting started, netting five more goals in a span of five minutes to take a 6-0 lead. Six different players found the back of the net for KSC.


The Owls scored the last four goals of the first half to take a commanding 11-2 lead at the break. 


After junior Signoriello scored the first goal of the second half, KSC came right back with the next three goals to make it a 14-3 game. 


Seniors Lindsay McManus (Dover, NH), Lauren Brown (Agawam, MA)  and Curry each scored two goals for the Owls. Single goals were scored by junior Ashley Borjeson (Londonderry, NH), sophomores Christa Demovellan (Westwood, MA) and Polly Grey (Saratoga, NY) and freshman Emilee Silegy (Keene, NH).


Junior Erin Taylor (Brewster, NY) played the first half in goal for the Owls and made four saves.  Junior Libby Curran (Londonderry, NH) and senior Christine Collins split the goaltending chores in the second half.  Curran made one save and Collins stopped two shots. 


Junior Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) had a busy day in goal for RIC (5-9), finishing with 16 saves, including a pair of great stops on close range shots by Witherbee and Brown midway in the first half. 


KSC, which had a wide 41-14 advantage in shots and 14-6 lead in draw controls, has won all four meetings against RIC in the LEC tournament.