Keene State Grabs Lead Early, Blanks Colby-Sawyer 3-0

Keene State Grabs Lead Early, Blanks Colby-Sawyer 3-0

NEW LONDON, N.H. - The Keene State College field hockey team scored twice in the first 10 minutes and then shut the door on Colby-Sawyer College in a 3-0 win Tuesday afternoon at the Sally Shaw Veitch Turf Field.


  • Keene State:  3-3
  • Colby-Sawyer:  2-4

How It Happened

It was a dominant first half for the Owls, as they outshot the Chargers 12-2 in the first 30 minutes of play, including 10-2 in the first quarter, while racing out to a 3-0 halftime edge.  KSC collected their first goal of the afternoon when Kayla Klein scored her team leading sixth goal of the season off a feed inside the circle from Ally McCall, giving the Owls a one-goal lead in the fifth minute.  The visiting team did not let up in the first half, as they continued to generate ample opportunities, including five penalty corner chances in the opening quarter and seven overall in the opening 30 minutes.  Leading 1-0, the dynamic duo of McCall and Nina Bruno connected to double the lead just over five minutes after the first goal.  McCall took a shot from deep outside the scoring circle looking for a directional tip in front, and Bruno was able to deliever, tipping the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 edge at the 9:37 mark.

The Chargers had no answer for the offensive attack in the first half from the Owls, and were held to two shot attempts on the other end, one of which was blocked and the other of which was wide.  Keene State added a third goal of the game with just under five minutes to go in the second quarter, as Bruno once again found the back of the net off an assist from Klein.  The Owls would take a 3-0 lead heading into the locker room.

Colby-Sawyer came out with a more aggressive attack in the second half, forcing KSC keeper Rachel Loseby to make five stops, including four in a 30 second span about five minutes in.  All of those opportunities came off a pair of penalty corner opportunities.  In fact, the Chargers had all four such chances in the third quarter, but could not break through as the Owls maintained a three-goal edge.  KSC settled things down from there, as CSC managed just one shot attempt in the fourth quarter, that coming when Alie Jones was denied by Loseby in the 50th minute.

Loseby (3-3) earned her second shutout of the season, both by 3-0 scores, after making five stops.  The Chargers split action in their cage, with Julia Carr (0-1) making four saves on seven shots in the first half.  Abby Ladd made three saves in the final 30 minutes.

Penalty Strokes

  • Keene State outshot Colby-Sawyer 19-8 overall and 12-2 in the first half.
  • Each team recorded eight penalty corners in the contest. Keene State was awarded their first seven of eight penalty corners in the opening 30 minutes.
  • Nina Bruno picked up her third and fourth goals of the season, and she now has 59 for her career, moving her into fourth on KSC's all-time list.  She is 12 away from sole possession of second place, currently occupied by Kay Mulcahy '85 (70).  Bruno and Klein have combined for 24 points, with Klein having scored a team-best six goals.  McCall has at least one assist in four of six games this season, seven overall.
  • KSC has won all four meetings all-time.

Up Next

  • Keene State will continue their non-conference schedule on the road as they travel to Trinity to take on the 17th-ranked Bantams on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 pm.
  • Colby-Sawyer resumes GNAC play at home as they host Lasell University on Saturday, September 21 at 12:00 pm.