DANBURY, CT - Despite a hat-trick from sophomore attack Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT), the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team fell to Keene State College, 20-8 in the Colonials' Little East Conference opener at the Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Leading the way for the Owls was Taylor Farland (Fiskdale, MA) as she scored six goals and now had 27 markers on the season.
Chelsea Lewis (Londonderry, NH) and Tori Weinstock (Brookfield, CT) each tallied four goals for Keene State, which improves to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Lewis and Farland finished with seven total points as they dished out three and one assists, respectively.
The visitors jumped out to a 4-0 advantage following Lewis' second goal of the game and 37th of the season, at the 24:55 mark of the first half.
The closest the Colonials would get the rest of the way was following Baldelli's free-position goal with 20:18 left before intermission. The host trailed 4-1 at that point.
Freshman Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) made eight saves for the Colonials while Anna O'Brien (Winchester, MA) turned away nine WestConn attempts.
The Owls finished with a 38-21 shot advantage on the afternoon.
WestConn get right back at it on Sunday when it hosts Smith College in a make-up game from an early-season snowed out affair. Game time is slated for 1 pm at the WAC.