A senior captain of the 1995 Owl field hockey team, Kerrey Pilotte vividly recalls attending the Keene State Hall of Fame induction ceremony that fall. “I remember thinking to myself “’wouldn’t it be neat to have that experience and be honored like that once my career is completed?’
Eight years later, Pilotte’s wish becomes a reality with her deserving induction into the KSC Alumni-Athletic Hall of Fame this evening. The fourth Owl field hockey player to be inducted, Pilotte was a goal-scoring machine during her standout four-year Keene State career (1992-95)
Pilotte had all attributes to be successful in the sport. Complimenting her skill and speed with an unyielding desire to compete, not to mention her love of the sport, Pilotte would not be denied when it came to putting the ball in the net. And not to many Owl player did it better than Pilotte, who is currently fourth on KSC’s all-time scoring list with 43 goals, 15 assists and 101 points.
Deciding to attend KSC because of its strong education programs and field hockey team, Pilotte had little trouble making the adjustment from her small Littleton high school team to the Owls’ highly competitive Division II program.
“I was a little intimidated at first, Pilotte said. “But the veterans helped me to push myself to become a better player.”
Leading the Owls in scoring her first two seasons, Pilotte quickly moved up the KSC career point list with the same speed she displayed on the turf with her remarkable rushes down the field.
“Kerrey Pilotte was fast,” said Amy Watson, who coached Pilotte in her last two seasons at KSC. “She is the first player I had who could run down and control the ball one-handed the length of the field. And she had a hard shot.”
“Luckily I had the speed to get the ball, but I also had wonderful teammates that allowed me the to bring out the scoring potential that I had,” Pilotte said.
Scoring the tying goal against defending Division II champs Bloomsburg University, netting the game-winner in overtime against Westfield State, or delivering the deciding tally in a victory over Plymouth State, Pilotte finisher her career with enough memories to fill both field hockey nets at the Owl Athletic Complex.
“I have a lot of fond memories,” said Pilotte, who earned All-America honors in her final two seasons at KSC. “I’ll never forget my supportive teammates, the hard work of the coaches, including Amy Watson’s “gauntlet,” and the road trips. It was a great experience.
Devoted to the game from an early age, Pilotte now has the opportunity to pass on her experience to future field hockey players as junior varsity coach at Littleton high school.
A fourth grade teacher in her hometown, Pilotte resides in Littleton with her husband Greg and daughter Mckenzie Leigh, who according to her mom is a budding field hockey player.