HARTFORD, Conn. - No. 17 Trinity College scored twice in the third quarter to build a 3-0 lead and eventually went on to win by that same score over the Keene State College field hockey team Thursday evening at Sheppard Field.
- Keene State: 3-4
- No. 17 Trinity (Conn.): 3-1
How It Happened
Caelin Flaherty and Caroline Curtin each scored in the third quarter as the Bantams pulled away from the Owls, improving to 2-0 at home. KSC allowed just eight shot attempts to the home team in the opening 30 minutes and trailed 1-0, but Trinity generated 12 of their 23 shots overall in the third and took control on the scoreboard. Rachel Loseby made three stops, two on Jordan Ragland in the opening five minutes of the game, but the home team capitalized on their second penalty corner to capture the lead. Nicole Quinlan took the corner and fed it into Curtin, who stopped it and left it for Kendall Brown, who scored from the top of the circle to make it 1-0 in the sixth minute. That proved to be all the scoring in the first half. The Owls tried to answer a few minutes later, but Nina Bruno's shot was wide. KSC weathered three more Trinity corners in the final minutes of the opening quarter to keep it a one-goal game, which it remained at halftime after Loseby stopped Brown's shot at the 16:24 mark, the lone bid on target for either team in the second.
The Bantams pressured right away as the second half began, forcing Loseby to make three saves in the opening 1:04, and eventually doubled their lead shortly thereafter on Flaherty's goal in the 33rd minute. The KSC keeper continued to do all she could, stopping Brown three times and Ragland once over the next eight minutes, but Curtin made it a 3-0 game late in the third quarter when she tipped home a shot from Quinlan. KSC had a chance less than a minute later to respond, as Kelsey Roberts took a visitors' corner opportunity, one of two in the game, but Trinity goalie Emma Cropper turned aside McKenna Blean's shot at the 43:30 mark. Leading 3-0 into the fourth, the Bantams had three of the four shots in the final 15 minutes and continued to keep KSC at bay. Keene State's chance, a shot from Ellie Hunkins at 57:52, was blocked before it got to the cage.
Loseby (3-4) made 12 saves, but took the loss for the Owls. Cropper (2-0) got the win for Trinity after making one stop.
- Trinity has won 21 of 29 all-time meetings, including the last three by 3-0 scores. The last not decided by that score came in 2016, a 3-2 Bantams win.
- Tonight's matchup marked the second consecutive week the Owls played the No. 17 team in the NFHCA Coaches Poll, as KSC fell at Amherst last week.
- Keene State returns home for the first time since September 7, hosting UMass-Dartmouth for a Little East contest on Saturday, September 21 at 1:30 pm.
- Trinity hosts No. 14 Williams College on the same day at 12:00 pm.