KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College field hockey team scored with no time remaining in the first half, and then added two goals in less than three minutes to open the second half en route to a 5-1 win over Westfield State University on Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 9-1, 5-0 LEC
- Westfield State: 4-7, 3-3 LEC
How It Happened
Nina Bruno tallied another hat trick and Kayla Klein scored again as the Owls rebounded quickly from an early deficit to win going away. KSC had the better of the chances throughout the contest, including early on, but three penalty corners in the first 11 minutes did not result in any damage. Neither did a flurry of chances in the 14th minute, as a shot by Klein was blocked and one from Bruno was saved by WSU goalie Katie Vamosi. Westfield was opportunistic in the ensuing minutes, and they eventually cracked the scoreboard first when Cheryl Latona found Allie Giguere for a 1-0 lead. The Massachusetts version of the Owls had a couple of chances to extend the lead, but KSC goalie Rachel Loseby stopped a try from Carly Zona in the 26th minute. Keene State had numerous chances as the half wound down, and they eventually found the equalizer off a penalty corner with no time on the clock. Erica Stauffer fed Bruno for her 11th goal of the season to tie it 1-1 at halftime.
KSC wasted no time taking total command of the game in the second half, as they scored twice in 2:10. Bruno was all over the place, scoring again just 25 seconds into the half, and assisting on Klein's goal at the 37:15 mark as Keene State took a 3-1 advantage. They were never seriously threatened after that, and Bruno's third hat trick of the season was completed in the 55th minute when she scored unassisted to make it a 4-1 game. Klein found Julia Babbitt at the 60:49 mark to set the final margin.
Loseby made two stops in the KSC cage to improve to 9-1 on the season. Vamosi (2-6) made three stops in 65:10 for Westfield.
- After today's action, Bruno and Klein are neck and neck for the team lead in goals. Klein has 14 and Bruno 13, including two four-goal games and today's hat trick on each of the last three Saturdays. The two have combined for 27 goals and 59 points on the season.
- KSC had a 19-3 advantage in shots, including 9-0 after halftime, and had an 11-4 edge in penalty corners.
- Keene State's 5-0 conference mark has them tied with conference newcomer Castleton University for first place. The University of Southern Maine (3-1) is in third.
- KSC leads the all-time series with Westfield 29-2.
- Keene State will travel to take on Worcester State University on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm. The Lancers, tabbed as the LEC preseason favorite, are 3-2 in the conference.
- Westfield State entertains Elms College on Thursday, October 4 in non-conference action at 7:00 pm.