Student Life Editor
On Saturday, April 17, 2021, the Keene State College women’s lacrosse team took on the University of Southern Maine Huskies.
The scoring started early with Southern Maine’s Megan Violette scoring at 28:08, assisted by Rachel Shanks. After some back-and-forth play, Keene State’s senior attack Ali Daisy tied the game up with an assist by sophomore midfielder Haile Ratajack. However, it did not take long for Southern Maine to strike back with a goal from Alex Farley to make the game 2-1 Huskies.
The Owls took some time to bounce back but Daisy found the net again to tie the game up at 2-2 for the Owls. The Owls rallied behind Daisy’s goal and put another one in the net, taking the lead 3-2, thanks to Ratajack. However, the Huskies netted another goal to tie the game up thanks to Shanks on the set up by Jennifer Darasz.
Quickly after tying the game, the Huskies’ Farley gave the Huskies the lead at 14:15 in the first. Farley was not finished with her barrage and scored two more goals to give the Huskies a 5-3 lead over the Owls. Shortly after Farley’s assault ended, the Owls struck back with Daisy setting up Ratajack for the Owls’ next two goals to tie the game up 5-5. The Huskies’ Violette put the next one in the net on an assist from Shanks to take the lead from the Owls. Shanks swapped her position on the next play and scored the final goal of the first half to give the Huskies the 7-5 lead going into the second.
The second started with the Huskies putting in their eighth goal thanks to Farley’s fourth goal of the game. The Keene State College Owls stepped up their game and shut down the Huskies’ offence while bolstering their own attack. The Owls banded together and scored the next six goals of the game while not allowing a single Huskies goal during their run. The scoring started with junior attack Brigid Casey ripping a shot home on the assist by Daisy, shortly after first-year attack Brooke Ellis assisted by Ratajack.
Keene State Owls sophomore midfielder Mindy St. Marie tied the game up at 8-8 from a free position shot. Ratajack followed up St. Marie’s goal with her own to give the Owls the lead over the Huskies. However, St. Marie was not done scoring as he ripped one home from the assist by Ellis to top off her scoring for the day. Keene State had one more goal left in them. The goal was scored by Casey with the assist coming from Ratajack to give the Owls an 11-8 lead. However, the Huskies netted one more goal from Shanks who was assisted by Darasz.
The final score of the game was 11-9 in favor of the Owls. The Owl’s next game is April 21 at Castleton University.
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