BIDDEFORD, Maine - The University of New England scored in the first two minutes and never trailed while picking up a 3-1 win over Keene State College in the field hockey season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Blue Bolt Field.
- Keene State: 0-1
- University of New England: 1-0
How It Happened
Kayla Klein broke the scoring ice for Keene State in the 43rd minute and had a game-high seven shots (four on goal), but the Owls could not find the back of the cage again as they dropped their season opener. The University of New England played from out in front all day thanks to Alexa Koenig's goal just 1:48 into the first quarter, and it took a while for KSC to get going, as they did not register a shot on Nor'easters keeper Liz Sargent until nearly four minutes into the second quarter when Klein was stopped. That chance came after four straight KSC corners and three shots, including one from Ally McCall that hit the post 3:31 into the second quarter. UNE took over for the remainder of the half, as they forced Rachel Loseby to make a pair of saves in the 25th minute and had a corner opportunity that was unsuccessful in the 29th minute. Both teams had five shots in the opening half, but Keene State found themselves down 1-0.
The deficit doubled 10 minutes into the third quarter when Lindsay Bruns found Kendra MacDonald, but the Owls drew back within one not too long after on Klein's first of the season at 42:40 following a green card on UNE's Nicole Grady. Trailing 2-1 into the fourth, KSC fought for the equalizer, but Klein's bid in the 52nd minute was wide and Kelsey Roberts' shot a little over a minute later was stopped by Sargent. The Nor'easters put the game away on Reanna Boulay's penalty stroke goal with just over four minutes remaining.
Loseby (0-1) got the start in the KSC cage and made two stops in the loss. Sargent (1-0) made four saves on five shots for the hosts, who were picked to finish second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference preseason poll.
- Both teams had 10 shots overall and five on goal. Keene State had a slight 5-4 edge in corners, four of which came in the second quarter.
- There was a significant rules change in the offseason, as games are now 10 minutes shorter and feature four 15 minute quarters rather than the previously-used pair of 35 minute halves.
- The home team has won the last three meetings in the series. KSC took last year's matchup 2-1 in Keene.
- Keene State makes their home debut on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm against Lasell University.
- UNE hosts No. 15 Bowdoin College on the same day at 7:00 pm.