KEENE, N.H. - Nina Bruno scored four goals in a game for the second time this season as the Keene State College field hockey team raced past Salem State University 10-2 on Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 7-1, 3-0 LEC
- Salem State: 0-6, 0-4 LEC
How It Happened
Eight different players had points for Keene State as the Owls improved to 3-0 in league play with the lopsided victory. KSC was on the board just 1:32 in when Erica Stauffer set up Bruno for her first tally of the afternoon. Keene State has scored first in seven of eight games this season. The lead was doubled less than three minutes later when Julia Babbitt found the back of the cage off a feed from Ally McCall. After being denied twice in quick succession, Bruno again found the back of the net at the 11:28 mark as KSC went up 3-0. The Vikings parlayed three corner opportunities into an 18th minute goal from Vanessa Yavorski to trim the deficit to two, but the Owls never lost control of the game. Bruno completed the hat trick late in the first half, scoring off a feed from Nicole Mercadante at 30:44. She added a fourth for good measure with 26 seconds left as the Owls took a 5-1 lead into the break. KSC outshot Salem State 18-2 in the stanza.
The second half was more of the same, as McCall and Mercadante scored within 1:34 of each other as KSC led 7-1 in the 40th minute. The marker for Mercadante was her first collegiate goal. The Owls stayed on the attack as Babbitt potted another at the 46:58 mark. Leading by seven, the Owls got another pair of goals in quick fashion, as Hannah Pike scored her own first career goal in the 52nd minute and Stauffer converted on a penalty stroke just 31 seconds later as KSC broke into double-digits. A goal from SSU's Jillian Danton at the 54:35 mark set the final margin.
Rachel Loseby got the start in goal for Keene State and improved to 7-1 after making one stop. Tess Whitney and Jordan LaRaus also saw time in the cage for the Owls. Kelli McCarthy (0-5) played the first half for the Vikings, making eight stops before being relieved by Kaitlyn O'Shea (five saves).
- Bruno had not had a four-goal game until last Saturday and now has two in a week. She has ten goals on the season and continues to pace at over a goal per game in her career (33 goals in 31 games). Her 76 career points are 22 behind Erin Dallas '09, who is tenth on the all-time points list.
- Bruno and Kayla Klein each have double-digit goals on the season. They have scored 21 of KSC's 35 goals.
- Keene State outshot Salem State 32-5 and had 11 more penalty corners (16-5). The Owls have won 30 of 32 all-time meetings between the two programs.
- It was the most goals KSC scored in a game since last year's matchup with the Vikings.
- Keene State visits Western Connecticut State University in LEC action on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 pm.
- Salem State has a non-conference matchup at St. Joseph's College (Me.) on Monday, September 24 that begins at 7:00 pm.