KEENE, NH - Junior midfielder Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) scored a game-high six goals, three of which came in an explosive second half as the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team came from behind to defeat Keene State College, 19-9 at the Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
WestConn, now 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the Little East Conference, outscored the Owls, 10-1 over the final 30 minutes and came away with its first victory over Keene State College since 2005.
The Colonials trailed 2-0 early on and later 5-4 with 10:41 remaining in the first half. From that point, they held a 15-4 advantage on the scoreboard.
"This was an unbelievable conference win," expressed fourth-year head coach Jenn Thomas. "This team wanted it and we executed well offensively, were unbelievable on the ride and were strong on the defensive end."
Baldelli finished with six goals and a pair of assists for eight points while Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) chipped in five goals and three helpers for seven points.
It was Bradshaw's unassisted goal with 27:36 remaining in the game that gave the visitors a 10--8 and would go on to be the game-winning goal for the Colonials.
Leading the way for Keene State was Chelsea Lewis who netted five markers in the loss.
Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) was stellar in goal for the Colonials. She withstood 17 shots and made eight saves in 56 minutes of work. She celebrated the hard-fought victory as she exited and was replaced by Madison McColl (Rutland, MA) for the final 3:49. McColl was unchallenged in her short stint.
"Today was the first time WestConn beat Keene State since 2005. For some teams, that can be a daunting statistic, but for this team, they wanted to renew that statistic," added Thomas. "We are enjoying this win but getting back to work tomorrow preparing for three games this week."
WestConn opens up its busy week on Monday, April 8 when it plays host to Western New England University. Game time at The WAC is set for 7 pm.