Standing just a tad over five-feet, one-inches tall with blazing red hair and a face full of freckles, Lori Osterberg Raymond, at first glance, might look like the girl next door. But put her in a field hockey game and the Warwick, R.I. native became a whirl-a-wind of motion. Speeding down the field or throwing herself into a scrum in front of the net, there was no stopping Raymond until the ball was in the opposition’s goal.
“I think you can call me a scrapper,” confirmed Raymond, who also played softball at KSC. I would dive and do whatever it took to get a goal.”
“She used to come out of a game red, white and brown because she was always on the ground going after the ball,” said Amy Watson, her coach for three years at KSC. “That’s why she got the nick-name “pig-pen.”
Keene State’s all-time field hockey season goal (23) and point (50) leader, Raymond was a major offensive force for the Owls during the 1987-90 seasons. A two-time Regional All-America as a sophomore and junior, the high-scoring forward ranks second all-time on the New England Division II and KSC career list with 139 points.
Ironically, Raymond did not pick up a field hockey stick until she tried out for her high school team. But once she got a taste for the game, there was no stopping Raymond, who would become an All-State player at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School.
Selecting Keene State because of its education program, Raymond would make an immediate impact with the Owls’ field hockey team setting a KSC scoring records as a freshman.
“I was a little nervous how my teammates would react to a freshman coming in and getting so many goals,” Raymond said. “But everyone was very supportive.”
Flanked by a host of talented veteran players, Raymond and her Owls teammates would go on to earn post-season berths in the ECAC Division III Tournament in 1987 and the 1988 ECAC Division II Championships. “We were like a family,” said Raymond. “Even after the season, we would hang out together.”
Ask Raymond about memories of her four seasons at Keene State, and its’ not surprising that the effervescent Owl sticksters recalled a goal that epitomized her frantic style of play.
“For some reason, I remember a come-from-behind victory against St. Michaels’ College when I dove and scored the game-winner,” Raymond recalled. “It was a sweet moment because they always seem to beat us.”
“If there was a scuffle in front of the net, she was there,” added Watson. “And when she was standing up the ball was in the net almost all the time. She had it all: speed, skills and a unrelenting determination to succeed”
A 1991 graduate of Keene State, Raymond and her husband Robert, currently reside in Memphis.