KEENE, N.H. - Freshman Nina Bruno and sophomore Jensyn Dandeneau of the Keene State field hockey program, along with senior Rachel Lamica of the Keene State volleyball program and senior WIlliam Salta of the Keene State men's soccer program, garnered Little East Conference (LEC) Weekly awards for their outstanding performances over the past week of competition, the league office announced today.
Bruno was named the LEC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, after registering two goals and one assist in two LEC wins. A native of Agawam, Mass., the forward scored the final goal in a 10-1 victory over Salem State, before adding a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win over Westfield State. Bruno and the Owls have now won five straight games.
Dandeneau earned the title of LEC Offensive Player of the Week, as the forward racked up 14 points with back-to-back hat-tricks, including two game-winning goals, and two assists in a perfect week for Keene State. In a matchup against Salem State, Dandeneau tallied three straight goals in the first 10 minutes of action en route a 10-1 win and the Owls' most goals in a game since October 31, 2015. From Berlin, N.H., the forward followed up that performance with another hat-trick and two helpers in a 6-1 victory over Westfield State.
For the second-consecutive week and for the fourth time this season, Lamica was chosen as the LEC Offensive Player of the Week. From Malone, N.Y., the outside hitter continued her impressive senior season by racking up 42 kills and 17 digs in three matches. In a 3-1 triumph over Rivier, Lamica tallied 14 kills and nine digs with four blocks and four service aces. In a contest against Clark, Lamica registered 12 kills and five digs, before producing 16 kills on a .234 clip with two service aces against nationally-ranked MIT.
Salta was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week, as the senior was a key part of the Owls' front line in an undefeated week for Keene State. A native of Laconia, N.H., Salta took part in three of KSC's four goals, scoring two goals and assisting on another. In a 3-2 non-conference battle with Western New England, Salta sent a strike to the top left corner that gave the Owls a 2-1 advantage at the half, before setting up the game-winning goal in the comeback win over the Golden Bears. Against Southern Maine, the senior converted the game-tying penalty kick in a 1-1 draw with the Huskies. Salta and the Owls are undefeated in LEC play through the first three games for the first time since 2010.