Keene State Clipped By Worcester State In 3-1 Defeat

Photo by Jake Paquin.
Photo by Jake Paquin.

KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College field hockey team was handed a 3-1 setback by visiting Worcester State University on Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex in a key Little East Conference game.

Records

  • Keene State: 2-2, 1-1 LEC
  • Worcester State: 2-1, 1-0 LEC

How it Happened

Keene State was on the board within seconds of the game's beginning.  Julia Babbitt fed Erica Stauffer for her first goal of the season 36 seconds into the game to give KSC a 1-0 lead.

The Lancers' Olivia Antonelli was twice denied by KSC goalie Jordan LaRaus in the seventh minute, but WSU got on the board when Jolane Thibault popped in her second marker of the season with 6:56 on the clock in the first half.

The Owls held the majority of chances for the rest of the first half, as Ally McCall, Nina Bruno, and Kendal Brown all forced saves from Worcester State goalie Kathryn Salemme.  LaRaus made another stop on Camille Alli in the 32nd minute as the teams went into the break deadlocked, 1-1.

Nearly eight minutes into the second half, the Lancers took the lead.  After a bobble in the box, Thibault nabbed her second goal of the game with an assist from Hayley Sutherland.  Worcester State made it 3-1 when the Lancers were awarded a penalty stroke, which Sutherland converted in the 56th minute.

The chances kept coming for Keene State, which earned three consecutive corners in the 50th minute, but could not find a way past Salemme again.  The Lancers' keeper made a double stop on Casi Smith and Brittany Johnson to keep Worcester State in front, while Hailey Beaupre had a defensive save off Antonelli's shot to keep the score at 3-1.

The Owls outshot the Lancers 18-14, and held a 14-7 advantage in penalty corners.  

Penalty Strokes

  • Keene State had not lost the Worcester State since the 2001 season.  The Owls are 21-3 against the Lancers all-time.
  • The loss ended a 13 game Little East Conference winning streak for KSC.  The Owls had not lost in conference play since a 3-1 defeat to UMass Dartmouth on October 27, 2015.  
  • The matchup featured the top two seeds in the last year's LEC tournament, as well as the top two picks in the coaches LEC preseason poll.

Up Next

  • Keene State heads out of conference play for when the Owls travel to Amherst College on Tuesday, September 12, at 7 p.m.
  • Worcester State hosts cross-town rival WPI on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m.