Howe, Coffin Earn All ECAC Honors
Centerville, Mass. 1/3/12 – Keene State College seniors Kerry Howe (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) and Elizabeth Coffin (Sugar Hill, N.H.) each earned yet another honor for their play this season, boasting All-ECAC honors as voted by the league's coaches. Howe was named to the first team, while Coffin earned 2nd team honors.
Howe anchored one of the top defensive units in the nation, ranking third in shutouts per game (0.610) and 20th in scoring margin (2.19). Keene State sat atop the team standings in scoring margin (2.19) and shutouts (14), while tying Plymouth State for the least amount of goals allowed (24) in the LEC. The Owls limited their opponents to fewer than two markers in 20 matches to boast a 19-1 record in those matches. Individually, Howe led the conference in defensive saves with nine. She was credited with two defensive stops in three matches, most recently against Western Connecticut on Oct.1. Howe contributed to the offensive rush with nine points on two goals and five assists. She was recently named the Little East Field Hockey Most Outstanding Player as Keene State surrendered just one marker in three matches to earn the conference tournament crown and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Coffin ranked amongst the national leaders in goals per game (19th, 1.05) and points per game (19th, 2.52). She led the conference circuit in game-winning goals (8), goals (23), and points (55), while sharing the lead in assists (9). Coffin scored at least one marker in 15 of the 21 starts this season, including the national tournament with an eight-match scoring streak. She recorded a season-best eight points on four goals in the Little East Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinals against Southern Maine. Coffin delivered the decisive strike in the semifinal and championship rounds of the conference tournament to help Keene State capture the Little East Field Hockey Championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament field.
The Sugar Hill, N.H. native, finished her career fourth all-time in goals (56) and points (130), while also tying the mark for most goals in a single game, with five against Worcester State on October 16th, 2010.
The Owls finished the year 20-5, setting a program record for victories in a season and winning their first NCAA Division III Tournament game in program history.