NEW LONDON, N.H.--Freshman Nina Bruno marked her collegiate debut with a pair of goals as the Keene State College field hockey team opened the 2017 season with a 2-1 win over Colby-Sawyer College on Friday night.
- Keene State: 1-0
- Colby-Sawyer: 0-1
How it Happened
The Owls recovered from giving up an early goal with a marker of their own in each half. The game was just 94 seconds old before the Chargers had taken the lead, as Paige Viens one-timed a shot past KSC goalie Jordan LaRaus for an early lead.
Keene State went on the immediate attack, as Erica Stauffer fired in a pair of penalty corners and Ally McCall and Bruno both forced saves out of Colby-Sawyer goalie Abby Ladd. Mia Brickley fired wide in the 10th minute, and after Bruno was stoned by Ladd, the freshman made good by reversing in McCall's pass with 10:50 on the clock to knot the score.
Julia Babbitt forced another save out of Ladd in the 26th minute, but the Chargers had the next best chance to go in front. Colby-Sawyer was awarded a penalty stroke with just 3:04 left in the first half, but LaRaus kept the game even at halftime with her save on Kailyn Lapham.
In the second half, the Owls cranked up the pressure, as Erica Chareth shot wide and Babbitt's shot was saved by Ladd, but Bruno put the Owls in front for the first time when she tucked home the rebound of Brickley's shot in the 43rd minute. Keene State kept looking for another goal, but Ladd made another save on McCall with less than 10 minutes to go, and saved from Babbitt again in the final minutes.
- LaRaus, who made her first career start for KSC, finished with four saves, one short of her career high, set last season against both the University of New England and Western Connecticut State. Her counterpart Ladd had eight stops.
- The Owls outshot Colby-Sawyer 18-5 and held a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners.
- It was the second straight year that the Owls had opened the season by beating the Chargers. Last season, a freshman also starred, as Jenysn Dandeneau had a goal and an assist in KSC's 7-0 win.
- The Owls return to action Saturday, September 2, traveling to the University of New England for a 2 p.m. start.
- Colby-Sawyer hosts Elms College on Sunday, September 3.