KEENE, NH – The Western Connecticut women's lacrosse team opened LEC play with a 13-7 loss at Keene State on Saturday afternoon. Senior midfielder Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) paced the Colonials with two goals and an assist, while junior Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, CT) chipped in with one goal and an assist.
Despite controlling the draw controls, 14-8, WestConn was outshot by a 36-24 margin. The Colonials also committed 34 fouls while the Owls had just 21. Taylor Farland led the hosts with a game-high five goals while dishing out a pair of assists. Senior goalkeeper Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, CT) dropped to 3-5 overall en route to a 12-save performance for the Colonials, while Alison Argiro improved to 2-7 and finished with 11.
Keene State broke the ice when Chelsea Lewis scored the the first of her two goals on a free position shot. The Colonials countered when rookie midfielder Geovanna Badaro (Fairfield, CT) netted her second goal of the season. The Owls registered the ensuing two goals before sophomore Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) found the back of the net for the visitors, slicing the lead to 3-2.
The hosts added another pair before freshman attacker Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) answered to shrink the margin to 5-3 at the break. Kosilla notched a goal on a free position shot midway thru the second half, shortening the advantage to 6-5. However, that was as close as the Colonials would come as the Owls would finish the game with a 7-2 run.
With the loss, WestConn fell to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in league play, while Keene State improved to 2-7 and 1-0. The Colonials will seek to rebound from the loss when they travel to non-conference foe Westfield State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.