KEENE, NH - Senior captain Marisa Lemoine scored two goals as the Keene State College field hockey team erased a 1-0 deficit against UMass Dartmouth to capture the 2014 LEC Field Hockey tournament by a final score of 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
The Owls (19-4) have now won 15 in row and advance to the NCAA tournament for the second straight season and eighth time in program history. NCAA selections will be announced Sunday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. This was the ninth meeting between these two schools in the LEC playoffs and the third time they have faced each other in the championship game. The Corsairs end their season at 12-11.
"This team has worked hard," said KSC head coach Amy Watson. "We started really working hard in the spring and in the offseason and it's nice that it has paid off."
The Owls found themselves down 1-0 21:31 into the contest as the Corsairs earned a penalty corner and Jill Levrault deflected in an Emily Anderson shot from the top of the circle.
Lemoine scored the first of three unanswered goals by the Owls in the 31st minute which was set up by excellent stickwork from Kayla Renaud to even up the match.
"We made some adjustments in the locker room at halftime. We gave some people some different assignments and that helped us," said Watson about her team's strong play coming out of the half.
Lemoine would strike again just two minutes into the second half as she collected a rebound off of the goalkeeper and found the back of the net to give the Owls a 2-1 advantage.
Brittney Cardente put the game out of reach for the Corsairs as she found herself unmarked at the stroke mark, gathered a loose ball and sent it past the diving UMD keeper.
The KSC defense stood strong, shutting out the Corsairs on their six second half penalty corner opportunities.
Keene State outshot the Corsairs 14-12 but UMass Dartmouth held the edge in corners 9-4. KSC netminder Meaghan Dwyer improved her record to 15-3 on the season finished the game with eight saves, while her counterpart Liz St. Germaine made seven stops.
Senior captain Marisa Lemoine was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scoring three goals in the three playoff games to lead the Owls to their 10th LEC title.