KEENE, N.H.--Freshman Nina Bruno had a hat-trick as the Keene State College field hockey team rolled to a 6-0 Little East Conference win over Framingham State University at a wet and rainy Owl Athletic Complex on Thursday night.
- Keene State: 2-1, 1-0 LEC
- Framingham State: 1-1, 0-1 LEC
"I couldn't have done it without the girls. They've been so supportive and they've pumped me up and I'm excited to score goals." -- Freshman Nina Bruno
How it Happened
The Owls were on the board as the game had barely begun, as Ally McCall fed Bruno for her first goal of the night in the very early stages of the game. McCall was again the provider for KSC's second, setting up Julia Babbitt at the 14:03 mark, and KSC made it 3-0 minutes later. Framingham State was awarded a penalty corner, but the Owls turned defense into immediate offense, with Bruno sprinting nearly half the field and beating Framingham State goalie Haley Duggan on a breakaway.
Keene State added a fourth just before halftime, when Erica Chareth tipped in Kendal Brown's shot from just inside the circle. Casi Smith scored the Owls' next goal, as she diverted a shot from Brown in the early stages of the second half. Bruno completed her trifecta of goals in the 50th minute with an unassisted tally.
The Rams had their best chance to score in the second half, but Rachel Loseby made consecutive saves on Bailey Donelly and Sydney Buono to preserve the shutout. Jordan LaRaus had one save while playing the first half and Loseby played the second stanza and made three stops.
- Keene State improved to 18-2 against the Rams all-time.
- The win was career victory No. 399 for KSC head coach Amy Watson. A win on Saturday would make her the eighth coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the 400 win plateau. She would also become the sixth active coach with 400 career victories.
- Casi Smith's goal was her seventh career marker.
- Keene State remains at home to face Worcester State University on September 9in an LEC matchup that features the top two teams in the conference's preseason poll.
- The Rams return home to host Westfield State University on Saturday at 11 a.m.