KEENE, N.H. - There will be three chances to catch Keene State College athletic teams at home this week, one of which includes a field dedication to former longtime men's soccer head coach Dr. Ron Butcher on Saturday afternoon.
It is a busy week for KSC field hockey, who plays a pair of road games during the week before returning home Saturday. The Owls first will make a visit to Colby-Sawyer College on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. before traveling to Trinity College (Conn.) for a matchup that begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19. The Bantams are ranked No. 15 in the latest NFHCA Coaches Poll. Keene State wraps up the week by hosting UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, September 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Winners of five straight, the Owls have three matches this week, including a home matchup with Emmanuel College on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. KSC will then make trips to Wellesley College on Thursday, September 19 (7:00 p.m.) and Rhode Island College on Saturday, September 21 (12:00 p.m.). The match with the Blue will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2015, while the meeting with RIC will mark the Little East Conference opener for both sides.
The five-game road trip for women's soccer continues this week with two more contests away from Owl Athletic Complex. Keene State visits Westfield State University for a non-conference matchup on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. before going to Providence to take on Little East opponent Rhode Island College on Saturday, September 21. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
The men's and women's cross country teams get back in action with the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday, September 21 beginning at 10:30 a.m. It will be the Owls' first meet in two weeks, as they last competed at the Jim Sheehan Invitational on September 7.
It is a big day on Saturday, September 21 for the Keene State College men's soccer program, as they take on Rhode Island College in their conference opener at 3:00 p.m. and, following the game, will dedicate the soccer field to Dr. Ron Butcher, who won 586 games over his 44 year career from 1970-2013 at KSC. He is the Owls' all-time wins leader and is currently fifth all-time in Division III history in that category. Butcher won six Little East tournament championships after KSC joined the league in 1997, coached 16 All-Americans and made 21 national tournament appearances. For more information, click here.