KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College field hockey team fell behind 1-0 in the 4th minute, but then rattled off eight consecutive goals while holding Western Connecticut State University to three shots in the game as KSC went on to an 8-1 rout Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 7-5, 5-1 LEC
- Western Connecticut: 9-2, 5-1 LEC
How It Happened
Six different Owls picked up a point, led by Ally McCall's two goals and three assists, as KSC shredded the league's toughest defense statistically and got seven goals past Neve Manion, who led the LEC in goals against, goals against average, and save percentage. Kelsey Roberts had a pair of markers and an assist, while Maggie Cahoon (1-2-4) and Emily White eached scored their first career goals.
Keene State actually found themselves behind early on, as WCSU's Nora Swift scored her second goal of the season at the 3:33 mark on her team's second shot of the game. That proved to be the high point for the visitors, as the Owls limited the Colonials to just one shot over the remainder of the contest after that and took control on the scoreboard as the first half went on. Maggie Cahoon fed Ally McCall for the equalizer in the 11th minute, and it stayed that way until late in the second quarter. KSC staved off two Colonial corners in the final minutes of the first to keep it 1-1 before eventually on the only two shots either team recorded in the second quarter. Kayla Klein fed Cahoon for her first career goal and a 2-1 lead at the 27:47 mark, and just over a minute later, the Owls tacked on another when McCall worked down the right side and set up Kelsey Roberts to make it a two-goal advantage at the half.
The second half turned into a runaway, as KSC scored four times in the third quarter, including two in the first four minutes out of the locker room. Roberts created for McCall following a corner at the 31:53 mark to make it 4-1, and not even two minutes later, Klein put home a rebound to put the Owls on the board again. Emily White made it 6-1 in the 38th minute when, once again following a corner, McCall weaved into the circle and fired a shot was tipped home for White's first collegiate goal. Roberts and Bruno both scored in the final 17 minutes to set the final margin. The eight goals allowed by Western Connecticut surpassed the seven they had allowed all season entering the day.
Rachel Loseby made one stop in 45 minutes in the KSC cage to improve to 7-5, while Manion (8-2) made four saves in the first three quarters.
- Keene State outshot WestConn 19-3 and had an 8-4 edge in penalty corners. Two of the Colonials' shots and a pair of their corner chances came in the opening 15 minutes.
- KSC has won all 16 head-to-head meetings with WestConn all-time.
- The Owls have now had six different people score their first career goals this season (Ellie Hunkins, Maggie Cahoon, Chase Lambert, Emily White, Clara Hunkins, Helen Werner).
- Keene State visits Salem State University for a conference contest Wednesday, October 9 at 4:00 pm.
- Western Connecticut entertains UMass-Dartmouth on the same night at 6:00 pm.