KEENE, N.H.--Goals from Mia Brickley, Sami Smith, and Erica Stauffer propelled the Keene State College field hockey team to a 3-1 win over SUNY Geneseo in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 21-3
- SUNY Geneseo: 11-10
- "I think we played really well. It was a good team win and I'm happy with the way we played." -- Senior captain Kayla Renaud
- "We're going to go and play (against Messiah) the way we've been playing all year. We'll leave it out on the field." -- Head Coach Amy Watson
- The Owls will make the 400 mile trek to Mechanicsburg, Pa., to take on No.1 Messiah College (18-1) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 12. It's the third time KSC has reached the second round in last four years.
- The season comes to an end for the Knights, who last reached the NCAA tournament in 2010.
Tale of the Tape
- The win tied a pair of school records; Keene State has now won 15 straight games, matching a winning streak set in 2013, while the 21 wins this season also matches the school mark set in 2013.
- Keene State outshot the Knights 19-4, and held an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.
- Gwendolyn Thayer made a pair of saves to earn the win; she's received the decision in all 24 of KSC's games this year. The 21 wins are also a single season school record.
- Nicole Gregg make seven stops for SUNY Geneseo.
First Half Highlights
- As they have on so many occassions this season, Keene State scored within the first five minutes. Jensyn Dandeneau's centering feed found Brickley all alone at the back post, and the sophomore made no mistake for her second of the season with just 2:18 played.
- The teams traded shot attempts, as Kendal Brown and Brittney Cardente fired wide for KSC, while Giovanna Fasanello did the same for the Knights.
- SUNY Geneseo tied the game in the 18th minute, as Maria Dillingham poked home after a scramble in front of the KSC net.
- A few minutes before halftime, the Owls went back in front, and it was leading scorer Sami Smith who beat Gregg from close range for her 36th goal of the season and 90th of her career.
Second Half Highlights
- The Knights were the aggressors to open the second half, as Fasanello forced a save out of Thayer in the first few minutes.
- SUNY Geneseo had another opportunity following a penalty corner from Morgan Maley, while the Owls had shots from Smith in the 52nd minute and Kayla Renaud in the 56th.
- A minute later, the Owls picked up an insurance goal as Stauffer scored her 18th of the year on a feed from Hannah Cook.
- Thayer preserved the two goal lead with another save from Fasanello in the 65th minute as the Owls secured the win.