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Keene State Women's Lacrosse "Plays For The Cure" On Saturday

Keene State Women's Lacrosse "Plays For The Cure" On Saturday

KEENE, N.H. - Already known as an intense competitor and team leader, Emily Persano will be playing with even more purpose when her Keene State College women's lacrosse team goes up against Rhode Island College in a 1 p.m. Little East Conference game at Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday.

While the senior captain from Somers, Conn., will be looking to help the Owls post a key conference win against the Anchorwomen, Persano and her Keene State teammates will also be playing for the cure. KSC and RIC are teaming up to support the battle against breast cancer with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen "Play for the Cure" fund. All fans are encouraged to wear pink.

"This means a lot to me," said Persano, who lost her mother Laury to breast cancer last July. "I've been looking to support the cause, and to have my teammates help me raise money is an awesome feeling."

"Emily is an important part of this team so it's touched close to home," said Keene State Coach Katie Arsenault. "We just want to give a little bit back."

Emily called her mother a fighter. "She wasn't an athlete but was our biggest fan," she said.

Laury Persano had plenty to be proud about. Emily, along with her sisters Audry and Carly, are all involved in sports. Emily earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore at KSC; Audry will be attending UConn next fall, where she will play polo, while Carly is a sophomore soccer player at Somers (Conn.) High School. "My mother was at all our games and friends used to tell me she wouldn't go a day without talking about us and our sports accomplishments. This is a way to honor her memory and support the battle against breast cancer."