KEENE, N.H.--Erica Stauffer notched a hat-trick and Rachel Loseby made 12 saves as the Keene State College field hockey team closed out the regular season with a 3-0, non-conference win over Smith College at Owl Athletic Complex on Wednesday night.
- Keene State:11-8
- Smith: 8-9
How it Happened
Two quick fire goals and some excellent saves boosted the Owls into an early lead. Stauffer put the Owls in front in the 15th minute, as Kelsey Roberts slid a pass across the circle to the Owls' junior captain, who beat Pioneers' goalie Cameo Tietje at the near post. Exactly three minutes later, the lead was doubled through the same combination of players. Roberts' pass found Stauffer at the top of the circle, and she made no mistake to make it 2-0.
Loseby made a double save to keep Smith off the board just before halftime, sprawling to stop Beatrice Chaudoin, then denying Jenna Tampon on the follow-up attempt. Loseby made another stop on Sammie Pavlov with three minutes left as the Owls went into the break up 2-0.
The Owls' freshman keeper made another stunning double save early in the second half, keeping out Pavlov and Chaudoin on back-to-back attempts. Taylor Robison had a defensive save on Baleigh Bogan in the 48th minute, and another on Alex Larosee three minutes later. Stauffer completed the hat-trick when she took a through pass from Brittany Johnson and scored her fifth of the season in the 57th minute.
Loseby preserved the shutout with stops of Pavlov and Neva Richardson to close out the game. Smith outshot the Owls 23-15 and had an 11-1 edge in penalty corners.
- Loseby had her third game of the season with at least 12 saves.
- Stauffer netted her second career hat-trick, having also scored three goals against Bridgewater State in 2016.
- It was the first time since 2013 that this matchup had not ended in a 2-1 score; the Owls had won 2-1 in 2014 and 2016, while the Pioneers did so in 2015.
- Keene State opens the Little East Conference tournament as the No. 2 seed, and will host No. 7 seed Bridgewater State University in a quarterfinal game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.
- The Pioneers end the regular season with a road tilt at Clark University on Saturday.