Watson Joins 400 Win Club With Owls' 1-0 Victory Over Fitchburg State

Watson Joins 400 Win Club With Owls' 1-0 Victory Over Fitchburg State

FITCHBURG, Mass.--Nina Bruno's goal with eight seconds left on the clock gave the Keene State College field hockey team a 1-0 Little East Conference win over Fitchburg State on Saturday morning at Elliot Field.


  • Keene State: 3-4, 2-1 LEC
  • Fitchburg State: 2-2, 0-2 LEC

How it Happened

Keene State outshot the Owls 16-2, peppering Fitchburg State goalies Kasey Mammone and Rhiannon Fletcher to the tune of three and six saves, respectively.   Bruno and Erica Stauffer were both denied by Fletcher in the early going, who also kept out Jensyn Dandeneau and Ally McCall later in the first half.  Just before halftime, Julia Babbitt had Fletcher beaten, but her shot was cleared off the line by the Falcons' Jillian Schultze.

The Owls kept looking for the breakthrough, as Bruno had a shot blocked in the 53rd minute, and the Owls had a goal disallowed with less than 10 minutes to go.  Mammone saved Kendal Brown's shot with less than three minutes to play, but with 16 seconds to go, the Owls were awarded a penalty corner.  Bruno sent it in, then received the pass from Casi Smith to beat Mammone for her sixth goal of the season and third game winner.

Rachel Loseby made her first career start in the Owls' cage, playing all 70 minutes and making one stop to record the victory.

Penalty Strokes

  • Watson becomes the eighth coach to reach the 400 win mark in NCAA Division III history, and the sixth active coach to do it.  She's also only the fourthDivision III coach to reach the mark while coaching at one institution.  Only Enza Steele, the coach at Lynchburg (Va.), since 1979, Jan Trapp, who coached at Messiah College (Pa.) from 1973-2011, and Dawn Chamberlin, who has been Salisbury's (Md.) coach since 1987, have more wins while only working at one institution.
  • By the time Bruno was born in 1999, Watson was in her ninth season at Keene State and had 99 career victories.
  • The Owls ended a three game losing skid with the victory, and recorded their second shutout of the year.  The Owls have not allowed a goal in their two LEC victories.

Up Next

  • The Owls will visit Plymouth State in a key LEC contest on Tuesday, September 19, at 7 p.m.
  • Fitchburg State will also be in action on Tuesday night, hosting Western Connecticut State at 7 p.m.