Field Hockey Drops Decision To No. 17 Nor'Easters

Julia Babbitt had a pair of goals for KSC.
Julia Babbitt had a pair of goals for KSC.

BIDDEFORD, Maine--A late comeback attempt fell short as the Keene State College field hockey team fell to No. 17 University of New England by a 5-3 score at Big Blue Turf on Saturday afternoon.

Records

  • Keene State: 1-1
  • Univ. of New England: 1-0

How It Happened

Vonde Saunders and Olivia Madore put the hosts out to a 2-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the contest, with assists going to Brooke Lemerise  and Kendra MacDonald , respectively. 

However, the Owls (1-1) countered just 50 seconds later, as Erica Chareth put in a feed from Nina Bruno. The 2-1 spread held until halftime, with Keene State maintaining a 6-4 edge in shots despite trailing 5-1 in penalty corners.

UNE charged out of the break and netted two goals in under three minutes, with Hannah Buckley scoring on an assist from Saunders, and then Alex Staples knocking in a rebound. In the 49th minute, Becky Zakorchemny extended the gap to its peak, with the help of Brenna Sicard.
 
The visitors attempted to get back in it, as Julia Babbitt  found the back of the cage in the 53rd and 58th minutes to slice the deficit in half (5-3). Each marker had an assist, credited to Kendal Brown and Kayla Klein.
 
But UNE goalkeeper Liz Sargent only needed to make one save -- her eighth -- down the stretch to preserve the two-goal margin for the decision.
 
Jordan LaRaus posted five stops against three goals allowed in 65:46 for Keene State, and received the aid of Hailey Beaupre with one defensive save.
 
Total shots (15-14) and corners (9-5) both ended in favor of the Nor'easters.

Penalty Strokes

  • Keene State has now split its opening two matches for the third year in a row.  Keene State has not beaten the Nor'Easters since a 2-1 win in Keene on August 30, 2014.
  • It was Babbit's fifth career game with two goals, having done so twice each as a freshman and sophomore.  Today's brace gave her 20 goals for her career.
  • Freshman Paige Noble made her collegiate debut in the cage, playing the first 4:14 of the second half and making one save.

Up Next

  • Keene State heads back to New Hampshire to host Framingham State University in the Owls' home and Little East Conference opener on September 6 at 6:30 pm.
  • The Nor'Easters host No. 8 Bowdoin in a battle of nationally ranked teams on September 6.

(Parts of this release courtesy University of New England)