Field Hockey Comes Back To Top Spartans, 4-1

KEENE, N.H.--Jensyn Dandeneau figured in every goal, scoring one and setting up three as the Keene State College field hockey team rallied from a goal down to post a 4-1 win over Castleton University at Owl Athletic Complex on Thursday night.

Records

  • Keene State: 10-5
  • Castleton: 8-7

How it Happened

The Owls had plenty of opportunities but could not find a way past Castleton goalie Leah Holland in the first half.  Ally McCall and Casi Smith had back-to-back efforts saved in the first five minutes, while Kendal Brown fired a shot off the crossbar in the 11th minute.

The Spartans tested KSC goalie Rachel Loseby in the 18th minute, but she was up to the challenge to deny Gabriella Hunt.  Mia Brickley shot over the cage in the 30th minute before the Spartans got on the board in the 32nd minute.  Castleton's Cydney Jeffrey took a pass from Mariah Linnett to beat Loseby and give Castleton the lead just before halftime.

Keene State looked for the equalizer in the second half, but couldn't solve the Spartans.  Nina Bruno's shot was cleared off the line by Megan Ryan before the breakthrough came in the 53rd minute.  Kelsey Roberts was up from the back and converted a pass from Dandeneau to net her second goal of the season.  That goal unleashed a barrage for the Owls, who took the lead three minutes later as Dandeneau set up Julia Babbitt, and a further three minutes after that, the Owls had a third with Bruno scoring off another assist from Dandeneau.

Dandeneau got in on the goal scoring herself with 5:55 left in the game, netting an unassisted tally for her 12th of the year.  Loseby finished with three saves to earn her eighth win of the year.

Penalty Strokes

  • Dandeneau, who had had a three goal game in her previous outing, notched her first career three assist game.
  • The Owls defeated the Spartans for the fifth straight year.  Next year the game will take on even more meaning, as the Spartans will join the Little East Conference for the 2018-19 year.
  • Bruno and Dandeneau are now second and third, respectlvely, in points with 34 and 29.

Up Next

  • Keene State remains at home to host Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference contest that begins at noon.
  • The Spartans will also be in action on Saturday, welcoming Husson University for a noon start.