KEENE, N.H. - Nina Bruno scored three goals, Kayla Klein two, and Clara Hunkins the first two of her career as the Keene State College field hockey team cruised to a 9-0 win over UMass Dartmouth in Little East action Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 4-4, 2-0 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth 1-4, 0-2 LEC
How It Happened
The Owls were never threatened, as they scored in every quarter, including four in the third to build a 7-0 advantage. Kayla Klein took a pass in front of the cage from Kelsey Roberts, one of her four assists on the afternoon, to get the KSC scoring started in the 12th minute. The Owls would lead 1-0 after the first quarter of play, outshooting the Corsairs 10-0 in the process. UMass Dartmouth starting goalie Katelyn Banalewicz stood tall in the pipes, making five out of six saves in the first frame to keep KSC to just the one goal.
The home team never let up, as they fired 10 more shots in the second quarter and scored twice to add to the lead. Nina Bruno would pick up the first goal of her hat trick at the 18:18 mark when the dynamic duo of her and Ally McCall would connect. Bruno scored again just over eight minutes later when she put a rebound of a Roberts shot into the back of the cage for a 3-0 lead. Keene State fired 20 shots in the opening half. Banalewicz made nine stops.
Keene State erupted for a four goal third quarter, which included Bruno completing the hat trick and three more assists for Kelsey Roberts. Roberts would find Klein for the second time in the game, Bruno for her third, and finally Clara Hunkins, who picked up her first collegiate goal of her career in the 36th minute, making it a 6-0 Owl lead. KSC scored three goals in just 5:06 to begin the second half to run away. The home team was not done there, as two more career firsts happened with just under three minutes remaining in the third when Helen Werner found the back of the cage off a pass from Emily White. The goal for Werner was the first of her career, and the helper for White was the first for the freshman.
The sister tandem of Ellie and Clara Hunkins accounted for KSC's fourth quarter scoring that set the final margin, with Ellie scoring in the 55th minute on a rifled shot shortly after an Owl penalty corner and Clara at the 58:23 mark off a helper from Ellie.
Rachel Loseby (4-4) played the first 35:55 in the Keene State cage before Jordan LaRaus played the final 24:05. Neither keeper was called on to make a save. Banalewicz (1-4) made 12 stops for UMass-Dartmouth 45 minutes before Ryley Pond played the final quarter.
- KSC had 39 shots in the game, 24 on goal, and held UMass-Dartmouth without a shot. The Owls had a 19-1 edge in penalty corners.
- Seven of KSC's nine goals were assisted, with Roberts' four easily being a career-high. She has two goals and six assists in eight games this season.
- Klein and Bruno continue to power the Owl offense, with the pair combining for 33 points (15 goals, three assists) so far in 2019.
- Keene State leads the all-time series 25-6, scoring 17 goals in the last two meetings after losing to UMD two years ago.
- Keene State will remain home to take on Castleton University on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 pm in the first meeting between the two teams since KSC's 2-1 win over the Spartans in the Little East tournament championship in November of last year.
- The Corsairs head back home to take on Clark University at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 24.