PAWTUCKET, R.I.--The Keene State College field hockey team is favored to win its seventh consecutive Little East Tournament title, according to a poll of the league's coaches that was released today.
The Owls, who have won the last six LEC tournament titles and 14 in 22 years, received eight first place votes and 138 total points to place first in the poll. Defending LEC regular season champ Castleton University was in second place with three first place votes and 130 points, while Worcester State nabbed the other two first place votes and was in third with 126 points.
Keene State, which went 18-7 and 10-2 in LEC play in 2018, returns several key players, including Second Team All-American and LEC Offensive Player of the Year Nina Bruno (32 goals, 10 assists, 74 points), First Team All-LEC forward Kayla Klein (24-3-51), LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player and LEC Defensive Player of the Year Ally McCall, Honorable Mention All-LEC defender Hailey Beaupre (three defensive saves), and starting goalie Rachel Loseby (10-2, 1.77 goals against average, one shutout).
KSC opens the season at the University of New England on August 31 at 1 p.m.