KEENE, N.H.--Senior Sami Smith scored twice in the first five minutes of the game and finished with a hat-trick as the Keene State College field hockey team opened the year with a 7-0 win over Colby-Sawyer College at Owl Athletic Complex on Thursday night.
- Keene State: 1-0
- Colby-Sawyer: 0-1
- The Owls remain home for a date with the University of New England on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
- The Chargers head out on the road again, this time for a matchup with Anna Maria College on September 3 at 1 p.m.
Tale of the Tape
- The Owls dominated the stat sheet, but did not pull away until the final 20 minutes of the game, when they scored five times.
- KSC outshot Colby-Sawyer 23-7, including a 17-5 edge in shots on goal. The Owls also took 12 penalty corners to just one for Colby-Sawyer.
- Smith's hat-trick was the sixth of her career; she now sits alone in fourth place in KSC history with 134 points, while her 57 career goals are also fourth all time.
- In addition, classmate Kayla Renaud found the net twice and set up another goal, while freshman Jensyn Dandeneau and sophomore Erica Stauffer also scored. Marita Brothers had a pair of assists.
- Gwendolyn Thayer played 53:43 in the cage and made four saves; freshman Jordan LaRaus came on for the final 16:17 and was not called upon to make a stop. Colby-Sawyer netminder Xena Ras made 10 saves for the Chargers.
First Half Highlights
- Sami Smith got the Owls off to the perfect start, knocking home Brittney Cardente's slide rule pass with just 1:16 elapsed in the game.
- The senior doubled the lead just 3:03 later, after nifty stickwork by Dandeneau allowed Smith to knock home the rebound.
- Keene State continued to pressure, as Brothers and Hannah Cook both had efforts stopped by Ras to keep it 2-0 at the break.
Second Half Highlights
- The Owls were kept off the board for the first 15 minutes of the second half, but went on to score five times in the final 20 minutes of the game. Dandeneau scored her first collegiate goal after a nice pass from Renaud at the 49:27 mark.
- Smith completed the hat-trick six minutes later, deflecting in Renaud's effort after a penalty corner.
- Another five minutes after that, the Owls lit the lamp again, as Renaud scored her first following another penalty corner. The senior captain added a second on the night when she looped in a rebound of her own shot over Ras.
- Stauffer then completed the scoring with 40 seconds to go.