KEENE, N.H. - Kayla Klein and Nina Bruno became the first pair of 20 goal scorers in a single season in program history as the Keene State College field hockey team shut out Fitchburg State University 3-0 on Wednesday evening at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 13-3, 9-1 LEC
- Fitchburg State: 8-7, 5-4 LEC
How It Happened
Keene State was opportunistic early and scored twice in the first ten minutes to cruise to their ninth conference victory and fourth straight overall. Shortly after Bruno initiated a corner opportunity just one minute in, she found the back of the cage at the 1:15 mark as the Owls were ahead right away. The lead was doubled not long after, as Ally McCall fed Bruno for her second of the game in the 10th minute. KSC continued to look for more, but Fitchburg goalie Abby Bryant stopped Klein and Bruno twice in less than a minute. The Falcons' first real chance of the contest came at the 13:59 mark, but Aislinn DeHorsey was stopped by Owls goalkeeper Rachel Loseby. Three of Fitchburg's five penalty corner chances in the game came in a two minute span starting in the 17th minute, but they only mustered one shot that was blocked. FSU had another pair of opportunities over the next five minutes, but Loseby made what turned out to be her final save of the game and another shot went wide. Keene State controlled play over the remainder of the half and took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
The Owls tacked on another early in the second half as McCall notched her second assist of the game on Klein's 20th marker of the season at the 46:15 mark. Keene State was in total command after that, as they did not allow Fitchburg a single shot attempt after the break en route to the 3-0 win. It was KSC's second shutout of the season, as they also blanked Framingham State 8-0 on October 6.
Loseby improved to 13-3 while making two stops for KSC, while her counterpart Bryant (8-6) stopped seven shots for the Falcons.
- As mentioned, Klein and Bruno became the first pair of 20 goal scorers in a season for KSC. The closest instance previously came in 2016 when Sami Smith scored 36 times and Erica Stauffer 18.
- Bruno has scored ten goals in the last four games.
- Keene State held a 19-4 advantage in shots (10-2 on goal) and had eight of 13 penalty corners.
- The Owls kept pace in the conference standings with Castleton (10-0), who was a 3-1 winner at Westfield State this evening. Both teams have two conference games remaining, including a matchup against each other to close the regular season next Saturday, October 27.
- Keene State continues a stretch of three games in four days when they travel to No. 16 Williams College for a 6:00 pm game tomorrow, October 18.
- Fitchburg State visits Western Connecticut State University on Saturday, October 20 at 11:00 am.