KEENE, NH - Only down by a pair of goals when the first half ended, the Western Connnecticut State University women's lacrosse team could not hold off the Owls offensive firepower and fell to the third-seeded Keene State College, 17-5 in the quarterfinals of the Little East Conference Tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
With 17 seconds remaining in the first half, the Colonials drew within two goals, following a goal by Cayla Routolow off a free-position attempt.
That would be the closest the number six seed would get on the afternoon.
Keene State scored nine unanswered goals to race out to a 14-3 advantage after the intermission.
Marina Pappalardo scored an unassisted goal with 16:18 left in regulation to extinguish any chance of a Colonial comeback.
Leading WestConn was LEC Rookie of the Week honoree, Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, MA). She scored two goals, both on free-position attempts.
"Our second half didn't match with our first half performance, which in the end was self-destructive," said third-year WestConn head coach Jenn Thomas. "Are we upset that our season has ended? Yes. But, are we excited to return every single player and continue to grow as a program? Yes. We cannot wait to see where next year leads us."
Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) suffered the loss after making 15 saves. Her counterpart, Anna O'Brien, made 11 saves on the day.
The Colonials end the campaign with a 4-13 mark while Keene State improves to 9-8 overall and moves onto the LEC semifinals against second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University.