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    The numbers just keep piling up for Nashua’s Taylor McKeown, who recently scored her 250th career goal for the Marywood University women’s lacrosse team. Ten more goals will put her among the top 30 goal scorers in NCAA Division III history, and she has a shot at finishing her career in the top 15.
  • Photo by NJ SPORT PICS

    The numbers just keep piling up for Nashua’s Taylor McKeown, who recently scored her 250th career goal for the Marywood University women’s lacrosse team. Ten more goals will put her among the top 30 goal scorers in NCAA Division III history, and she has a shot at finishing her career in the top 15.
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    Nashua’s Taylor McKeown, who plays for Marywood University women’s lacrosse team.
Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nashua’s McKeown going on offensive for Marywood University

The numbers just keep piling up for Nashua’s Taylor McKeown, who recently scored her 250th career goal for the Marywood University women’s lacrosse team.

Ten more goals will put her among the top 30 goal scorers in NCAA Division III history, and she has a shot at finishing her career in the top 15.

But McKeown knows it’s only a couple of months now before the lacrosse stick goes in the back of the closet and her nursing career begins.

There’s one bit of unfinished business left, however. McKeown doesn’t want it to end until she helps the school earn its first NCAA tournament appearance.

While in high school at Bishop Guertin, McKeown was part of a new program that gradually established itself as a contender. She’s followed a similar path at Marywood, a second year program when McKeown arrived as a freshman three years ago.

Now the school’s record books are dominated by her name, giving future Marywood standouts something to shoot for.

McKeown scored 73 goals as a freshman, then broke her own school record with 84 as a junior. Last year, when she scored 72 goals, she eclipsed the 200 career mark. On Saturday, with a five-goal effort in a 16-5 victory over Cabrini College, she reached the 250 mark.

She was the conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman, has been first team all conference three times and won numerous conference Player o the Week award.

More important to McKeown has been the way the program has improved each year. After going 13-5 last year and losing in the conference finals, they are off to a 5-1 start this year.

“I think this is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here,’’ McKeown said. “We’re really gelling as a group and coach (Rob) Brooks brings in more talented players every year.’’

Brooks didn’t recruit McKeown. He moved into the head coaching spot after she had enrolled. He’s watched her develop into something more than just a prolific scorer.

“She gone from a highly talented, quick player who can score goals in big clips,’’ Brooks said, “to a well rounded student athlete.

“She made huge strides last year in her ability to make everyone around her better.’’

McKeown, whose school records coming into the season included free position goals (55), shots (451), shots on goal (380) and game winning goals (nine), is listed at 5-foot-2, says she’s really about 5-1, but uses her speed to get open.

Needless to say, over the years opponents have spend more and more time devising defensive strategies to stop her.

“What happens is, when they pay special attention to me, other girls get open and score,’’ McKeown said. “Then they start paying less attention to me.’’

McKeown said her years at Bishop Guertin helped prepare her for Marywood, on the field and in the classroom. She returns to Nashua in the summer to work as an aid at St. Joseph’s Hospital and plans to return this spring to begin her career.

But she doesn’t want lacrosse to end, and the only way to prolong it is to win the conference tournament. They lost by a single goal in the finals last year.

KELSEY HOGAN

Kelsey Hogan of Nashua scored 16 points and had six rebounds and three assists as the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team concluded its best season in 10 years with a 63-59 loss to Holy Cross in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. In was just the second post-season appearance in school history for the Wildcats, who finished 16-14.

DWIGHT BARBIASZ

Milford’s Dwight Barbiasz tied his career best in the high jump with a leap of 7 feet, 33⁄4 inches, to finish second in the NCAA Indoor Nationals and provide the winning margin for the University of Florida’s men’s track team.

Barbiasz, the ninth seed entering the event, scored seven points for the Gators, who edged Arkansas for the title 52-47. It was Florida’s third straight indoor title. Barbiasz transferred from Maryland in December when the school announced it was discontinuing its track and field program.

BEKAH JACKSON

After sitting out most of the 2011 season with an injury, sophomore shortstop Bekah Jackson of Nashua is off to a good start for Plymouth State’s softball team.

The former Nashua North standout had two hits in the team’s first two games and had an RBI double in a 9-8, extra inning loss on Saturday to Benedictine University.

CHRISTIAN FERLAN

Freshman Christian Ferlan of Litchfield is 3-0 for the Muhlenberg College baseball team. The Mules are off to a 12-4 start and Ferlan, a BG graduate, has pitched 23 innings, striking out 18 and allowing 22 hits. He has a 4.70 ERA.