BRIDGEWATER, Mass.--Freshman Nina Bruno netted her second hat-trick of the season to lead the Keene State College field hockey team to a 5-2 win over Bridgewater State University on Saturday.
- Keene State: 8-5, 7-1 LEC
- Bridgewater State: 3-7, 2-5 LEC
How it Happened
Bruno scored her first goal of the afternoon just 31 seconds into the game as she took advantage of an unforced BSU turnover. Bruno intercepted a crossing pass in the middle of the field, stick-handled around a defender and ripped a shot inside the right post.
Bruno gave the Owls a 2-0 lead in the 21st minute as she outfought a defender to a loose ball and fired a shot from eight yards out into the left side of the net.
Junior midfielder Mia Brickley found the back of the net from seven yards out off a centering pass from Julia Babbitt to make it a three-goal game in the 23rd minute. The goal marked the first of the season for Brickley.
Seventy-three seconds later, sophomore midfielder Ally McCall scored off a penalty corner to extend the Owls' lead to 4-0. McCall beat the keeper from just inside the circle with a shot inside the right post. Freshman defender McKenna Blean picked up the assist on the marker.
Bruno completed the hat track 2:40 into the second half after forcing a turnover in the Owls' offensive zone. Coming in from the left side, Bruno stick-handled by a defender and flicked a shot inside the far post for her team-leading 12th goal of the season.
The Owls finished with a 30-22 shot advantage as well as a 10-7 edge in penalty corner attempts.
Keene played three goalkeepers in the game with freshman Rachel Loseby getting the start and picking up the win. Loseby turned aside all five shots she face in just under 26 minutes of action. Jordan LaRaus and Paige Noble also saw time.
- Keene State remains 1/2 a game behind Worcester State, who remains atop the Little East Conference at 7-0. Keene State will need the Lancers to lose at least two of their final four conference games and sweep all the Owls' remaining games to claim the No. 1 seed in the LEC tournament.
- It was the fourth straight LEC game that the Owls have scored five goals or more; Keene State is the second most prolific offense in the LEC at 4.5 goals per game in conference play.
- Bruno now leads the LEC with 12 goals, while ranking fifth in assists with five and second in points with 29.
- Keene State completes a three game road swing when the Owls visit the University of Southern Maine on October 10 at 3:30 p.m
- The Bears host league-leading Worcester State University on October 10 at 7 p.m.
(Portions of this release courtesy Bridgewater State)