WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - A four-goal first half powered 16th-ranked Williams College past the Keene State College field hockey team 4-1 on Thursday evening at Williamson Field.
- Keene State: 13-4
- No. 16 Williams: 10-3
How It Happened
The nationally-ranked Ephs were on the board quickly, as Libby Dolan scored her first goal of the game just 2:46 in. The teams exchanged chances quickly thereafter, as KSC goalie Rachel Loseby kept out Emma Ticknor's shot before Julia Babbitt was denied by Ephs keeper Emma Santucci in the fourth minute. Dolan doubled the lead in the 15th minute with her second marker of the game off a feed from Claire Fitzpatrick. Babbitt had two more chances in the ensuing minutes as the Owls looked to make a dent in Williams' lead, but Santucci made a pair of saves in a 1:33 span. The Ephs scored two goals in fast fashion late in the first half to pull away. After Loseby made an initial stop on Meredith Wright, Nina McGowan was there to cash in for a 3-0 lead at the 27:01 mark. McGowan was on the board again just over four minutes later, as Williams led 4-0 in the 32nd minute. Keene State did generate an opportunity in the closing seconds of the half and eventually got on the board in unusual fashion.
As the last seconds of the half ticked down, the Owls picked up a penalty corner. After a confusing scramble for the ball in the center of the circle, a shot off a player's backswing hit the back of the goal. After a referee debate that went through halftime, the goal was credited to Erica Stauffer and assisted by Courtney Jessup, making it a 4-1 game at the break.
The second half saw the teams mostly trade chances throughout. After Loseby made a pair of stops in the first five minutes, KSC took over, but Babbitt and Stauffer were each denied by new Ephs keeper Abby Lloyd. The Owls kept pressuring, as they had four penalty corner opportunities between the 48:53 and 51:13 marks, but one shot was blocked, and another was wide. Still trailing 4-1, Keene State had one final push in regulation, as they were awarded a pair of corners in the 58th minute, but Kelsey Roberts' shot was blocked, and Mia Brickley was denied by Lloyd.
Loseby (13-4) made 12 saves in the KSC cage, while Santucci (7-1) and Lloyd each played a half for Williams. Santucci made four stops and Lloyd three.
- It was the Owls' third matchup with a ranked opponent this season. KSC fell to then-No. 18 Trinity College (Conn.) on September 20 and then-No. 18 Amherst College on October 4.
- Williams had a 22-11 edge in shots (16-8 on goal). Both teams had eight penalty corners.
- The Ephs have won 14 of 17 all-time meetings, though KSC had won in their last visit to Williamstown in 2016.
- Keene State visits Eastern Connecticut State University in their final conference road game on Saturday, October 20 at 12:00 pm. It concludes a stretch of three games in four days for the Owls.
- Williams visits No. 3 Tufts University on the same day in NESCAC action that begins at 1:00 pm.
(Parts of this release courtesy of Williams College)