Owls Throw Scare Into No. 7 Williams In 3-1 Defeat

Rachel Loseby had 16 saves against No. 7 Williams.
Rachel Loseby had 16 saves against No. 7 Williams.
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KEENE, N.H.--Rachel Loseby had 16 saves, one short of her career high, as the Keene State College field hockey team fell to No. 7 Williams College, 3-1, at Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday night.

Records

  • Keene State: 10-7
  • Williams: 11-2

How it Happened

Loseby did everything but stand on her head, making seven first half saves to keep the Owls in the game.  In the 11th minute, she turned away back-to-back shots from Julia Cochran and then stoned the Ephs' Alex Bennett in the 12th.

Ally McCall's defensive save on Libby Dolan kept the game scoreless, but the Ephs did break through in the 22nd minute.  Molly Lohss' pass trickled through traffic before it was turned home by Meredith Wright.  Loseby saved from Bennett again in the 27th minute, while at the other end, McCall was denied by Williams goalie Emma Santucci a minute later.  The Keene State attack sprung into life, as Santucci saved from Julia Babbitt twice and the follow-up from Nina Bruno as well.

The Owls tied it just before the break.  Keene State was awarded a penalty corner as time expired in the first half, and Nina Bruno sent it in before receiving a return pass from Babbitt and Bruno fired in her 15th goal of the year past Santucci to level the score.

Loseby kept the Owls in the game in the second half, turning away shots from Julia Cochran in the first three minutes of the half, and a double save on Bennett in the 42nd minute.  

Williams did finally break the deadlock, as Libby Dolan followed up her own shot in the 54th minute.   Courtney Jessup's defensive save kept it 2-1 in the 57th minute but Bennett added an insurance goal in the 60th minute.  Babbitt had Keene State's last attempt as time expired in the game.

Penalty Strokes

  • Loseby's 16 saves were one short of the 17 stops she had against Trinity College on October 4.
  • Bruno now has 15 goals this season, which leads the team and is second in the Little East Conference.
  • It was the third game against a nationally ranked opponent for Keene State this year, and second against a top 10 opponent after the Owls faced then-No. 7 Amherst on September 12.

Up Next

  • Keene State heads to UMass Dartmouth for the final Little East Conference game of the season on Saturday, October 21, at 1 p.m.  A win for the Owls will secure the No. 2 seed in the LEC tournament.
  • The Ephs will host Tufts University on October 21 at 1 p.m.