KEENE, N.H.--Freshman Nina Bruno had her third hat-trick of the season to lead the second seeded Keene State College field hockey team to a 6-2 win over No. 7 seed Bridgewater State University in a Little East Conference quarterfinal matchup at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 12-8
- Bridgewater State: 7-10
How it Happened
As has been the case on several occasions this season, the Owls were on the board within the first five minutes of the contest. A loose ball fell to Julia Babbit, who poked it past Bridgewater State goalie Allison Chappell with just 2:34 elapsed. A little less than 10 minutes later, the Bears had tied the contest when Emma Daly beat Owls' goalie Rachel Loseby at the 11:01 mark.
Bruno put the Owls back in front for good, controlling the ball, coming to the top of the crease, and shooting past a sprawling Chappell for her 16th goal of the season in the 16th minute. The freshman added another in the 22nd minute to send the Owls into the break up 3-1.
Bruno's strike partner Jensyn Dandeneau made it 4-1 with her 15th of the year in the 43rd minute, and Bruno completed the hat-trick off a pass from Kendal Brown following a penalty corner. Brittany Johnson got her first goal of the season with six minutes left before Bridgewater's Julianne Kilduff completed the scoring with five minutes to go.
Loseby made six saves to earn the win for the Owls, while Chappell made 11 stops for the Bears. Keene State out shot Bridgewater 24-12, and held a 9-2 lead in penalty corners.
- The four time defending champion Owls will host Plymouth State in a semifinal matchup on Wednesday night. The Owls earned a 2-1, overtime win over the Panthers earlier this season in Plymouth. Plymouth State advanced to the semifinals with a 4-2 win over No. 6 seed UMass Dartmouth on Friday evening.
- The other LEC matchups saw No. 4 seed Westfield State beat No. 5 seed Eastern Conn. State, 6-1, on Saturday. Top seeded Worcester State was to play No. 8 seed Western Connecticut State at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening.
- Bruno now has 18 goals this season, putting her just outside the top 10 in a single season in school history. Julie Arsenault scored 20 in the 1985 season, while Chrissy Brown also had 20 in 1997. The school record is 36, set by two-time All-American Sami Smith last season.
- As noted above, Keene State will host No. 3 seed Plymouth State University in a semifinal game on Wednesday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m.
- The Bears' season comes to an end.