Women's Lax Falls to WestConn, 16-11

UNION, N.J. (3/6/12) – Junior attack Lyndsey Cannon scored a game-high six goals, however the Kean University women’s lacrosse team fell to Western Connecticut State University, 16-11, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon.

WestConn (2-0) scored four of the game’s last six goals to pull away from the Cougars (1-1).  Sophomore midfielder Hyla Costello led the Colonials with three goals and two assists.

The Colonials took a 5-1 lead midway through the first half, as senior attack Brianna Mitterando had a goal and an assist.  Cannon scored her second goal of the game with just under seven minutes remaining to pull Kean to within 5-2, before the two teams exchanged goals to end the half with WestConn holding a 6-3 edge.

After WestConn opened the second-half scoring, Cannon (pictured left) and sophomore Ciara Mastrodomenico netted back-to-back goals for Kean to pull within 7-5 less than four minutes into the half.  WestConn scored four of the next five goals to extend the lead to 11-6 with 15:59 remaining, before Kean answered with three of the next four to pull back within 12-9 at the 12:20 mark. 

The Colonials pushed the lead out to 15-9 with three straight goals en-route to the five-goal victory.

Junior attack Stephanie Tocko finished with two goals for Kean, while Cannon added three groundballs, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.  Junior goalkeeper Jules Keeley made 11 saves for Kean.

In the victory, senior midfielder Jessica Bouwman netted three goals, while junior attack Devon Edwards totaled two goals, one assists and eight draw controls.  Goalkeeper Karli Portnoy made 10 saves in the win.

Kean resumes action on Friday, March 9, when the Cougars host Manhattanville College at 4 p.m.