KEENE, N.H. - Springfield College scored three goals in the final 19 minutes of regulation to force overtime after trailing 4-1 and eventually went on to defeat the Keene State College field hockey team 5-4 Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 1-2
- Springfield: 2-1
How It Happened
What appeared to be a repeat of last year's head-to-head meeting - even including another Kayla Klein hat trick against Springfield - was turned upside down as the Pride, who did not lead at any point in regulation, rallied from 2-0 and 4-1 deficits to hand KSC a tough overtime setback. Klein scored three goals and had seven more shots (a game-high), adding to her season goal total that now sits at five through three games. Freshman Ellie Hunkins added her first career collegiate goal, as her tally closed the first half scoring and put the Owls up 4-1 in a highlight-filled first 30 minutes. Springfield received five goals from five different players.
The Owls had the better of the chances in the first half, particularly in the opening minutes, and eventually cashed in when McCall fed Klein for her first of the game and a 1-0 lead at the 6:36 mark. Springfield then peppered KSC goalie Rachel Loseby over the final half of the opening quarter, forcing her to make five stops, but actually fell behind by more when Klein scored again, this time from Kelsey Roberts. Trailing 2-0, the visitors got a goal back from Audrey Bresciano with 2:20 left in the first. KSC answered emphatically and appeared to be in control after dominating the second quarter, which saw the home team outshoot Springfield 7-2 while also getting both corner opportunities. Klein had a hat trick in the 22nd minute after scoring on an unassisted tally, and then played helper a little over three minutes later on Hunkins' first career goal that made it 4-1 at the 25:18 mark. Neither team registered a shot over the remainder of the half and the Owls took a three-goal lead into the break.
Springfield opened the second half with a few opportunities, but Loseby stopped Grace Majka and watched Carly Torrance's shot go wide. Lily Depew helped the Pride break through late in the third quarter, as her tally in the 42nd minute made it a 4-2 game heading into the fourth. KSC did not register a shot in the third, but still found themselves 15 minutes away from a win. Springfield's flurry continued early in the final stanza, but Loseby made a pair of stops before a penalty stoke by Morgan Bronk was wide. The visitors' pressure continued and eventually resulted in two goals in the final 9:06 to tie the game, the first coming from Emma Wesoloski in the 51st minute and the second from Kyra Ashe at the 58:12 mark. Ashe's goal came just over a minute after Pride goalie Elizabeth Morehouse stopped a bid from Nina Bruno. Keene State fended off Springfield's corner opportunity with just 28 seconds left, forcing overtime, but the Pride's Taylor Low ended the game with 6:50 to go in the first extra session.
Loseby (1-2) made 14 stops in the KSC cage, while Morehouse made five saves to improve to 2-1 for Springfield.
- Klein has 29 goals and four assists in her last 27 games dating back to the beginning of last season. She has five hat tricks in that span.
- Springfield outshot the Owls 25-14 and 10-2 in the fourth quarter. KSC had just two shots in the third and fourth after outshooting the Pride 12-10 in the opening half.
- The Owls have dropped their last two overtime games by identical 5-4 scores at home.
- With the win, Springfield nudged out in front 14-13 in the all-time series. KSC took last year's meeting 5-2 in Massachusetts.
- Keene State visits Amherst College, currently No. 20 in the most recent NFHCA Coaches Poll, on Wednesday, September 11 for a 7:00 pm start.
- Springfield entertains Fitchburg State University on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 pm.