MANSFIELD, Conn. - Five different Owls scored goals and the defense picked up their third consecutive shutout as the Keene State College field hockey team blew past Eastern Connecticut State University 5-0 in a Little East Conference game played Saturday at Rick McCarthy Field.
- Keene State: 6-4, 4-0 LEC
- Eastern Connecticut: 2-6, 2-2 LEC
How It Happened
Kayla Klein, Erica Chareth, Nina Bruno, Kelsey Roberts and Clara Hunkins all scored as Keene State tallied five goals in the first three quarters while holding ECSU to four shots, one in the first half. Roberts also added a pair of assists to up her season total to a team-high tying eight, while Klein and Bruno each took five shots, landing four on goal.
KSC was in control throughout, but Warriors keeper Keira Integlia, who has made 16 or more saves three times this season, including 22 earlier against Springfield College, stopped a pair of Ally McCall shots in the opening 10 minutes. The Owls did not wait much longer to find the back of the cage, as Roberts carried the ball down the right side and fed Klein for her ninth goal of the season at the 10:57 mark. Integlia made four more saves in the final four minutes of the first to keep it a 1-0 game. Eastern got their first shot of the game just over a minute into the second, but Rachel Loseby stopped Brianna Nolan, and KSC took over again, eventually doubling the lead on Chareth's first goal of the season in the 22nd minute. Bruno got into double-digits for the season (10) after her marker late in the first half from Roberts made it 3-0. The Owls had a 12-1 edge in shots in the opening 30 minutes and a 7-2 edge in penalty corners.
The second half was not much different, as KSC continued to run away after scoring two more goals in the third quarter. Bruno and Roberts reversed roles this time, with Bruno feeding a pass in front to Roberts, who got one past Integlia at the 35:29 mark for a 4-0 edge. Hunkins' third goal in the past three games with just under three minutes to go in the third gave KSC a fifth goal as the Owls cruised to a 4-0 start in conference play, shutting out their third consecutive opponent and fourth in the last five games.
Loseby (6-4) picked up the win after making a pair of stops for the Owls. Integlia made 11 saves, but fell to 2-6 for ECSU.
- Bruno's goal, the 65th of her career, moved her into sole possession of third on the all-time KSC list. Sami Smith '16, the all-time leader, scored 90.
- The five different goal scorers tie a season-high that was also done one week ago against UMass-Dartmouth.
- KSC improved to 23-2 in the all-time series.
- Keene State takes on Plymouth State University at the New Hampton School on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm.
- Eastern Connecticut, picked tenth in the LEC preseason poll, visits UMass-Dartmouth on the same day and time.