KEENE, N.H. - Nina Bruno scored twice and Ally McCall had two assists as the Keene State College field hockey team opened their home schedule with a 3-0 shutout of Lasell University Wednesday night at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 1-1
- Lasell: 1-1
How It Happened
The Owls controlled play throughout the first half and found themselves on the board not even six minutes in when McCall found Kayla Klein for her second goal of the season and a 1-0 lead. That tally came shortly after Bruno was denied on three different opportunities in the opening minutes of the contest. The home team continued to have a decided edge in chances in the ensuing minutes, but could not break through as Lasell goalie Sydney Pignone kept her team in the game by stopping Maggie Cahoon in the 10th minute and Klein twice in the early stages of the second quarter. The Owls had a corner opportunity in the 25th minute, but McCall's shot off the corner went wide. Down just 1-0, Lasell's first big chance in the first half did not come until the final 20 seconds, when they had a rush down the right side, but a pass toward the middle did not connect and KSC maintained the lead into the locker room while outshooting the Lasers 13-1.
The second half was a much different story right away, as Lasell had immediate chances to tie the game, including 46 seconds in when Sam Taylor forced KSC keeper Rachel Loseby to make a save. Mya Maxim's shot following a Lasers penalty corner a minute later was cleared away by Hailey Beaupre. Keene State did not take long to respond, however, as Bruno tested Pignone in the 36th minute before the Owls were awarded two more corner chances shortly thereafter, but both shots were blocked as it remained a 1-0 game. Taylor was at it again early in the fourth quarter, still looking for Lasell's equalizer, but Loseby again denied her with an aggressive stop at the 45:33 mark. The game turned with a sequence that started in the 50th minute, as Loseby made another save, this time keeping Izzy Contois' bid out, and just over a minute later Bruno found the back of the cage off a beautiful centering feed by Kelsey Roberts for a 2-0 edge. Contois had one more opportunity to keep the Lasers in it in the 52nd minute, but could not convert following a corner, and the Owls put the game away when McCall sent a purposeful ball into the middle that Bruno tipped home for her second of the night at the 54:46 mark.
Loseby (1-1) picked up the win and the shutout after a four-save effort. Pignone stopped five shots for the Lasers, falling to 1-1.
- Klein and Bruno have picked up right where they left off last season, with the duo having two goals each through two games. They combined for 15 shots (seven on goal) in tonight's contest, including a game-high nine by Bruno.
- McCall had multiple assists for the fifth time in the last 27 games.
- Keene State had a wide 21-8 edge in shots and had six of the nine penalty corners in the game, including all four in the first half.
- The Owls have won both head-to-head meetings between the two teams, who did not play each other until last year.
- KSC stays home to host Springfield College (1-1) on Saturday, September 7 at 12:00 pm.
- Lasell entertains Nichols College on the same day at 12:00 pm.