KEENE, N.H.--Throughout the summer months, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the top moments and milestones of the 2016-17 academic year.
At No. 3, we recall when the KSC men's lacrosse and field hockey team each won their respective fourth consecutive Little East Conference championship.
The Owls' field hockey team maintained their dominance over the Little East Conference, going undefeated in league play for the third time in four years and tying a school record with 21 wins while reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament.
After splitting the first two games of the season, the Owls reeled off three straight wins, including the first defeat of Williams College since 2013. LEC play began with a 6-1 drubbing of Western Connecticut State and a 9-0 thrashing of Salem State.
After a 3-2 loss to Trinity College, the Owls would not lose again for nearly two months, winning 15 straight games from September 24 to November 9. A 2-0 win over Worcester State on October 19 gave KSC the top seed in the LEC tournament, and the Owls wrapped up a perfect regular season three days later by topping Framingham State, 8-0.
KSC beat Eastern Connecticut State 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the LEC tournament, before rallying from a 2-1 halftime deficit to beat Plymouth State in the semifinals. Facing the University of Southern Maine in the championship, KSC scored four times in the second half in a 5-0 win to capture their 12th tournament title.
The Owls then took out SUNY Geneseo in the opening round of the NCAA tournament before the season came to an end against No. 1 and eventual national champion Messiah College.
Keene State's men's lacrosse team, meanwhile also captured their fourth straight LEC title, with a perfect LEC regular season as well.
The Owl laxers posted a 2-2 record over the opening four games of the season, then nabbed a 14-7 win over Hamilton College during Spring Break to record their first ever win over the Continentals.
After playing No. 7 Bates, the Owls broke off a massive winning streak, taking 11 straight contests between March 29 and May 6. Scoring 20+ goals in eight of those games, the streak began with a 17-10 win over Colby College, and including a 19-10 win over UMass Dartmouth to begin LEC play.
The biggest win to date then came in the form of a 14-8 road win over No. 15 Bowdoin, marking the second straight year the Owls had gone on the road to beat a Polar Bear team that was nationally ranked.
That win ended non-conference play, but the Owls offense had plenty in the tank, closing out the regular season with five straight LEC wins that finished with an average score of 23-6. In three of the five wins, the Owls held their opponents to four goals or less, punctuated by a 26-8 win over Eastern Connecticut State on Senior Day.
Earning a bye into the semifinals of the LEC tournament, Keene State thumped Eastern Connecticut State by a score 26-8, then tied a school record for goals in a game in a 28-11 win over UMass Boston in the LEC title game. The Owls then faced Tufts University in a rematch of a regular season game from March 8, where the season drew to a close.