No. 1 Castleton 2, No. 4 Worcester State 1 (OT) – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: The Spartans improved to 15-4 for the season following their first-ever LEC semifinal win. The Lancers end the season with a record of 14-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Worcester State dominated play in the first half, outshooting Castleton 15-3 in the period, but had to settle for a 1-0 advantage at the break following junior Olivia Antonelli's (Westford, Mass.) tally off a rebound 8:48 into the match. Spartan junior Tashia Pashby-Rockwood (Williston, Vt.) registered eight of her 10 saves in the opening frame to keep Castleton in the game.
The Spartans were much improved in the second half, outshooting the Lancers 10-5 and tying the score at 1-1 on senior Sarah Wells' (Bellows Falls, Vt.) tally in the 54th minute. Worcester State appeared to regain the lead moments later, but the goal was waived off and the match eventually went to overtime. It was Lancer freshman Jess Hopkins' (Chelmsford, Mass.) turn to shine in cage in the second half, totaling seven of her nine saves in the middle period.
Castleton controlled play from the onset of the overtime period, and took home the win as sophomore Gabriella Hunt's (Granville, N.Y.) rebound goal 2:55 into the extra frame. Hunt had a hand in both Spartan goals, being credited with an assist on Wells' marker.
No. 2 Keene State 3, No. 3 Southern Maine 1 – Box Score
FOR THE RECORD: The Owls will look to defend their LEC tournament crown after improving to 16-6 for the season with tonight's win. The Huskies' ended the season with an overall mark of 13-8.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Junior Kelsey Roberts (Greenfield, Mass.) and sophomore Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) combined for two goals in the final 2:38 of the first half to give Keene State the lead for good. Those goals came shortly after sophomore Kayla Klein (West Brookfield, Mass.) hit the post on a penalty stroke attempt in the 28th minute.
Southern Maine applied pressure early in the second half and it paid off in the 49th minute when junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine) scored off a penalty corner to cut the Huskies' deficit in half. The two teams traded scoring bids from there before Roberts' scored her second goal of the contest with 6:22 remaining in the second half.
Keene State sophomore Rachel Loseby (Hartford, Vt.) had six saves to earn the decision in goal. Sophomore McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine) and freshman Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J.) each totaled five saves with one goal allowed over 35 minutes for Southern Maine.
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Castleton, which is in its first year of LEC membership, will play for its first Little East tournament title. Keene State is in search of its sixth consecutive LEC tournament title, which would be the 14th in program history. The Owls are 13-4 in LEC tournament championship matches since joining the league in 1998.