AUBURNDALE, Mass. – Nina Bruno and Julia Babbitt connected on two different occasions, giving the Keene State College field hockey team a 2-1 overtime win over Lasell College on Wednesday afternoon at Grellier Field.
- Keene State: 2-0
- Lasell: 1-2
How It Happened
The opportunistic Owls never trailed, got a multi-goal game from Babbitt and strong play in goal from Rachel Loseby while winning their second straight to open the season.
Both teams had chances in the early going, but it was KSC who struck first when Bruno fed Babbitt for the first time in the 15th minute. The marker came after Loseby made a pair of stops in the previous five minutes. Trailing 1-0, Lasell answered with a flurry of chances in the remainder of the half, but to no avail as the Owls stayed out in front at the break. The Lasers had 10 shots in the first half but did not score, as Loseby made eight saves.
It did not take long for Lasell to tie it in the second half, though, as Cailin Flannery found Izzy Contois at the 39:14 mark. From there, the Owls got their offense going. A shot from Bruno at the 40:17 mark was saved by Lasell goalie Makena Leazer and, later, Ally McCall was denied on a penalty stroke opportunity in the 49th minute as the game remained 1-1. Loseby kept the game tied with a pair of stops over the next ten minutes, and KSC weathered three penalty corners with less than ten minutes left to force overtime. A last ditch effort from Babbitt in the final minute was stopped by Leazer.
However, Babbitt would not be stopped a few minutes later, as Bruno fed her for the game winner just 1:22 into the extra session. It was the Owls' first overtime game since winning 2-1 at Plymouth State on September 19 last year.
Loseby made 12 stops while improving to 2-0 this season. Leazer (1-2) had seven saves for the Lasers.
- It was Babbitt's seventh multi-goal game of her career. She previously did that on September 26 of last year against Salem State.
- Bruno, who is just beginning her sophomore season, now has 57 points in 25 career games at KSC. She has three assists in two games this season.
- Lasell outshot the Owls by a slight 15-13 margin, though KSC had eight shots in the second half and overtime and the Lasers just five. Lasell had a 10-5 advantage in corners.
- This was the first ever meeting between the two programs. Lasell, a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), went 16-4 a season ago, falling in the conference tournament championship game.
- Keene State stays on the road and will travel to Springfield College on Saturday, September 8 for a 12:00 pm start.
- Lasell will host GNAC newcomer Colby-Sawyer College in conference action on the same day and time.