KEENE, N.H. - Nina Bruno scored at least three goals for the fourth consecutive Saturday as the Keene State College field hockey team sprinted past Framingham State University 8-0 on Play 4 The Cure day at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 10-3, 6-1 LEC
- Framingham State: 2-7, 0-7 LEC
How It Happened
Bruno added an assist to go with her hat trick, while Julia Babbitt had a pair of goals and an assist. Kayla Klein scored twice, notching her fifth multi-goal game of the season. The Owls were never threatened in the contest and did not allow Framingham a shot until the second half. Rams goalie Haley Duggan made three stops in the opening 6:06, but KSC was on the board a short time later when Bruno scored her first of the day in the 11th minute. Bruno was on the helping end of Julia Babbitt's goal just minutes later as the Owls went up 2-0 at the 14:09 mark. Babbitt was bidding for more right away, but was denied twice by Duggan, and eventually assisted on KSC's third goal of the half when Kelsey Roberts found the back of the cage in the 24th minute. Duggan made two more saves as the half wound down, but the Owls took a 3-0 lead into the locker room.
Keene State blew the game open by scoring five times in the second half, including twice in a 30 second span in the early going. Klein scored unassisted at 38:31 and Bruno did the same at 39:01 as the Owls went up 5-0. A little over a minute and a half later Babbitt had her second of the game. The opportunities continued to flow for KSC, and Klein and Bruno again alternated goals to close out the scoring. Klein converted on a penalty stroke in the 47th minute, and Bruno completed the hat trick at the 59:28 mark as Keene State led 8-0. A defensive save by Taylor Robison in the 67th minute preserved the Owls' first shutout of the season.
Rachel Loseby (9-3) played the first half in the KSC cage and did not need to make a save. Jordan LaRaus saw 12:51 of action after the break and Tess Whitney 22:09. Whitney made a pair of stops. Duggan made 12 saves in the loss and fell to 0-3 for Framingham.
- Klein and Bruno are tied for the team-lead in goals with 16. The duo has combined for 32 goals and six assists (60 points) on the season, and both entered today in the top 35 nationally in goals per game.
- Bruno's four hat tricks have come on the last four Saturdays against Little East Conference foes. She scored four on September 15 against UMass Dartmouth and September 22 against Salem State University, while adding three last Saturday against Westfield State University and today.
- KSC outshot the Rams 29-3, including 18-0 in the first half, and had an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners.
- The Owls improved to 19-2 all-time against Framingham State.
- Keene State finishes a three-game homestand while playing their fifth consecutive contest against a Massachusetts school. The Owls take on Bridgewater State University in LEC action on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm.
- The Rams entertain the University of Southern Maine in conference action on the same day at 4:30 pm.