KEENE, N.H. - Maggie Cahoon scored three goals and assisted on the other as the second-seeded Keene State College field hockey team stifled seventh-seeded Plymouth State University 4-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Little East Conference tournament played Tuesday night at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 14-7
- Plymouth State: 8-10
How It Happened
Cahoon, who doubled her season goal total in the impressive effort, scored just 4:21 in and helped the Owls gain an emphatic measure of revenge on Plymouth, who had handed KSC one of their two conference losses in the regular season. The Owl freshman has started every game of the season and has found her groove over the past month, scoring all of her goals since October 5, including a big one early in a 3-2 overtime win over Worcester State University on October 23. Her first goal, which came in the 5th minute and got KSC started quickly, was off the initial penalty corner opportunity of the game. Cahoon fed the ball in to Ally McCall at the top of the circle, who then placed it perfectly for Cahoon to tip home for a 1-0 lead. The helper was just one of three on the evening for McCall, who continues to pace the LEC in assists and is in the top five nationally in that category.
It was deja vu all over again in with less than 40 seconds to go in the first, as almost an identical corner play that finished with Cahoon finding the back of the cage helped double the lead. The Owls controlled the opening quarter, holding PSU without a shot in the first 15 minutes. The Panthers finally were able to generate some offense in the second, but Leah Mayes' shot was wide in the 25th minute and Rachel Loseby stopped Kate McPherson's try a minute later. KSC retook control after that, but Plymouth keeper Jess Distler made a pair of saves in the waning minutes of the first half to keep it a 2-0 game.
Keene State did not let up after the break, as they were awarded a pair of corners in the opening six minutes before eventually breaking through again at 37:58 when Cahoon fed a ball in from outside the circle that was tipped home by Nina Bruno for her 20th tally of the season. One of the visitors' very few chances to get on the board in the game came in the 43rd minute, but Haley Wakefield's backhand effort hit the left post and stayed out, keeping it 3-0, which it stayed after 45 minutes.
Cahoon polished off her hat trick and added another insurance goal for KSC in the 52nd minute when, for the third time in the game, she inserted a penalty corner, found McCall at the top of the circle, and then scampered in front of the cage to tip home McCall's feed.
Loseby (12-6) made a pair of saves in the Owl cage while posting her sixth shutout of the season and tenth of her career, good for ninth on KSC's all-time shutouts list. She also now has 41 career wins, fourth in that category in just eight behind the leader Kim Heyl '84. Distler fell to 6-7 after stopping three shots for PSU.
- McCall now has 18 assists in 21 games this season, good for 0.86 per game. She entered the week fifth in the country in that category. Shenandoah University's Kelsey Jones averages 1.24 per contest.
- Keene State improved to 30-13-1 in the all-time series.
- Keene State advances to take on Western Connecticut State University, who was a 3-2 winner over Salem State earlier in the day, on Thursday, November 7 in the semifinals at Owl Athletic Complex. A start time has yet to be determined.
- Plymouth, who last reached the title game in 2013, sees their season end. The Panthers went 3-7 away from home.