|University of New England||Keene State College|
KEENE, N.H. — Four different players scored as the University of New England field hockey team built a four-goal cushion on the way to a 4-2 triumph over Keene State College on Saturday afternoon (Sep. 3) at the Owl Athletic Complex.
After dropping a one-goal decision to the Owls in their first-ever meeting three years ago, the Nor’easters (2-0) have posted two-goal wins over KSC (1-1) each of the last two seasons.
It took just under 20 minutes before Big Blue got on the board, with Marge Gardiner putting home a rebound. Then, a penalty stroke was awarded with no time remaining in the 1st half, and Kersey Boulay stepped up to make it 2-0. Shots were few and far between in the period, with UNE holding a 5-2 edge.
Nicole Matarozzo wasted little time (1:25) following the break to up the margin to 3-0, before finding Hannah Buckley in the 41st minute to extend the gap.
Keene State broke up the shutout bid in the final eight minutes on goals by Brittney Cardente and Julia Babbitt.
Holy Smith made two stops between the pipes for UNE, which visits No. 2 Bowdoin College on Wednesday (7 p.m.).
In goal for the Owls, both starter Gwendolyn Thayer and Jordan Laraus logged five saves.