CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Keene State Owls dropped their first game of the 2019 campaign at MIT 14-9 on Wednesday afternoon.
- Keene State: 0-1
- MIT: 1-0
How It Happened
It took just over five minutes for the Owls to find the back of the net for the first time this season, when Ali Daisy opened her account with a goal. KSC quickly doubled their lead when Erica Chareth scored an unassisted goal just over two minutes later. With 18 minutes left in the first half, Eva Then put the Engineers on the board before Cecilia McCormick tied things up at two less than a minute later. Brigid Casey then scored the first goal of her career to give the Owls the lead back before MIT answered with two more of their own, as Then and Ana Flooks tallied. The back and forth half continued when Daisy put one past the MIT netminder for her second of the game, and Tess Masci joined the scoring with a goal of her own at the 11:18 mark to give KSC a 5-4 lead.
Naomi Lutz answered three minutes later as she grabbed an unassisted goal to knot thing up at five. Meghan Gorham scored her first of the season with a man down on a nice feed from Chelsea Lewis to regain the lead. MIT just wouldn't go away, as they answered with two quick goals from Lutz in a man up opportunity and Sydney LaPorte. Daisy continued her fine start to the season when she fired in her third goal of the half for the hat-trick, off a great pass from Casey to tie things up at seven a piece. The Engineers scored the final goal of the half when Flora Klise found the back of the net with just over a minute to play to give them an 8-7 advantage.
The second half was all MIT, as they scored five unanswered in just under 10 minutes to stretch the lead to 12-7. The Owls did respond when Casey scored her second of the day off a feed from Daisy, but the Engineers kept their foot on the gas when Eva Then scored her fourth of the game. Lewis rounded out the scoring for KSC when she fired in an unassisted goal with four minutes remaining before Lutz secured her hat-trick to give MIT the 14-9 win.
Inside the Crease
- Eva Then led all scorers with four goals, while Naomi Lutz tallied three, Cecilia McCormick had two goals, three assists and Ana Flooks scored one goal to go along with four helpers.
- Daisy led the Owls with a hat-trick of her own and an assist, while Brigid Casey had two goals and one assist.
- Joanna Steinhauer picked up 10 saves for KSC while Hannah Adams had seven in the win.
- MIT picked up 20 ground balls to the Owls 12, while KSC had 13 ground controls to the Engineers 12.
- MIT rattled off 31 shots to the Owls 20 and held a 24-16 edge in shots on goal.
- Keene State travels to Roger Williams on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m.
- MIT hosts Tufts on Wednesday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m.