May 4, 2013

Women’s Lax Advances Into NEAC Championship

The Keuka College women's lacrosse team captured the North Eastern Athletic Conference's (NEAC) regular season championship after winning all nine conference games.

The Storm continued their dominance of conference foes during Saturday's conference semifinal against the fourth-seeded Cazenovia College Wildcats.

Sophomore Jennifer Burt (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) scored five goals with two assists and junior Maggie Bonafede (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) added one goal and six assists as the Storm (12-3) cruised past Cazenovia 19-4 at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

Junior Taylor Smith (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) added five goals and one assist while sophomore Kaycee Maguire (Potsdam, NY/Potsdam) had four goals for Keuka, which will take on No. 3 Medaille College (11-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday for the NEAC championship.

In addition to live stats being offered from all tournament games at www.KeukaStorm.com/live-stats, fans can watch every postseason contest live and for free by visiting http://www.ustream.tv/channel/keuka-college-athletics, then selecting the specific game you want to watch from the list of available videos.

Smith has scored five or more goals in 10 of Keuka's 15 contests, while Bonafede has tallied six or more points in 10 of the last 11 games for the Green and Gold.

Sophomore Olivia Hudson (Adams, NY/South Jefferson) had two goals and one assist while senior Sam Layton (Painted Post, NY/Corning West) and freshman Annie Smith (Stewartsville, NJ/Phillipsburg) each added goals for Keuka.

Smith won eight draw controls and added four groundballs while Burt and Maguire each collected five groundballs for the Storm. Layton caused a team-leading three turnovers while Maguire, senior Courtney French (Massena, NY/Massena) and sophomore Ashley Swarts (Arkport, NY/Arkport) caused two turnovers apiece.

Senior Molly Hogan (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) made seven saves in the win.

Keuka outshot Cazenovia (9-8) 45-15, including 24-6 in the first half.

Maguire and Burt each scored goals a minute apart for a 2-0 lead, but Jessica Cramer (three goals) sliced the lead to 2-1 with 20:29 remaining in the opening half.

Burt scored twice and Layton and Smith each added goals to extend Keuka's lead to 6-1 before Abby Webster scored on a free-position shot to pull Cazenovia within 6-2 with 8:52 remaining before halftime.

Keuka then went on a 10-0 run while blanking the Wildcats for 27 minutes and 33 seconds spanning both halves. Smith and Maguire scored three times and Burt and Hudson added two goals apiece during the run.

Up next for the Storm: the Medaille Mavericks, who knocked off No. 2  Morrisville State 18-15 in the other semifinal Saturday. Keuka defeated Medaille 16-6 on April 20.