Keene State Prevails Over Southern Maine in OT, 10-8
KEENE, N.H. -- Sophomore Kaitlin Nolan (Mahopac, N.Y.) and rookie Jenna Bellano (Brookfield, Conn.) scored in overtime to give the Keene State College Owls a 10-8 victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in the teams Little East Conference opener Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
The win was the second straight for the Owls, and extended their overall record to 4-2. The Huskies dipped to 2-4 on the season.
Nolan snapped an 8-8 tie converting a free-position attempt against USM senior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) with 11 seconds remaining in the first three-minute segment of the six-minute overtime. Bellano iced the win with her goal coming with eight seconds to play in the second segment of the overtime period.
Southern Maine rookie Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) forced the game into overtime when she scored her second goal of the game, off an assist from senior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.), with 35 seconds remaining in regulation.
Seniors Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) and Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) matched Lessard as each scored two goals. Sophomore Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) had a goal and an assist for two points while Forster finished the game with two assists. Vogel made a career-high 19 saves in the Husky cage.
Bellano, senior Eliza Witherbee [Newburyport, Mass./Oldfields School (Md.)] and juniors Christa Demovellan (Westwood, Mass.) and Polly Grey (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) had two goals apiece for the Owls. Senior goalie Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) stopped nine shots.
Trailing 5-4 heading into the second half, USM took a 6-5 lead after goals by Turcotte and Kelly in the opening 3:20. Demovellan and Nguyen traded goals 42 seconds apart to make it 7-6 in favor of the Huskies.
Demovellan tied the score at 7-7 with 22:00 remaining before the game settled into a defensive struggle. Bellano snapped the tie at 8:39 with her first goal of the game, setting the stage for Lessard to send the game into overtime.
Keene State out shot USM 37-23 and had a 14-8 edge in draw controls. USM had a slim 13-12 advantage in ground balls.
Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow (3:00 p.m.) traveling to the University of New England for a rescheduled match. Keene State will play Tuesday evening (7:00 p.m.) at Bridgewater State University.