KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College field hockey team outshot Bridgewater State University 15-1 in the opening half on their way to a dominant 4-0 victory in the Little East Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 15-6
- Bridgewater State: 9-9
How It Happened
The Owls held the Bears to just one shot in the first 49:57 while scoring three times themselves. It took KSC a little over eight minutes before they generated their first real opportunity, but the offense was in gear after that. Bridgewater goalie Allison Chappell stopped a pair of quick-fire attempts from Erica Stauffer and Ally McCall at 11:57, but Kelsey Roberts cashed in just 15 seconds later as KSC led 1-0. Julia Babbitt recorded the assist on that tally for her 100th collegiate point. The opportunities continued to flow for the Owls, and they were on the board again about eight minutes later when leading scorer Nina Bruno sent home another feed from Babbitt. Leading 2-0, KSC generated seven shots and five corners over the final 15 minutes of the first stanza, but Chappell made four saves.
The second half was much of the same, as Keene State continued to pepper Chappell, who made six more stops in the opening seven minutes to keep it a 2-0 game. That score did not last much longer, however, as Erica Stauffer found the back of the cage for a 3-0 lead in the 48th minute. The Bears got their first shot in nearly 36 minutes of game action at the 49:57 mark, but KSC goalie Rachel Loseby kept it out. Bruno's second goal of the contest and 29th of the season in the 62nd minute set the final margin. Loseby made a pair of saves in the final minutes to preserve KSC's third shutout of the season.
Loseby (15-6) made six stops to earn the win for the Owls, while Bridgewater's Chappell made 15 saves but fell to 7-8.
- KSC outshot Bridgewater by a wide 31-7 margin and had 12 of the 14 penalty corners.
- The Owls are 27-4 in the all-time series, which included a 7-3 home win over the Bears on October 9.
- Babbitt has 101 points (37 goals, 27 assists) in her career. She has had at least 29 points in each of the last three seasons, including 32 in her sophomore season.
- Bruno's 29 goals leave her just one from tying second place with Tanya Strong on the all-time single season goals list. Sami Smith holds the record (36).
- Keene State advances to take on the University of Southern Maine in the LEC Semifinals at Castleton University on Friday, November 2. The game starts at 7:00 pm. The Owls beat the Huskies 2-1 on September 19 in Maine. The other semifinal will see the host Spartans take on Worcester State University.
- Bridgewater's season is over at the hands of KSC for the second straight year.