KEENE, N.H. - Top-seeded Keene State College scored a goal in each half on the way to posting a 2-0 victory over second-seeded Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon to claim the 2004 Little East Conference Field Hockey Championship.
The outcome gives Keene State its third Little East title (1998 and 1999) and first NCAA tournament berth since 1999. The Owls lost to Southern Maine 3-1 in last year's final. KSC will take a 14-7 record into the NCAAs.
Keene State junior back Amy Pokrywka (Roxbury, Conn.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
KSC didn't waste anytime getting on the board. Sophomore Amanda Rosenbeck (Wilder, Vt.) scored off a corner play with a shot from 10-yards out to give the Owls a quick 1-0 lead three minutes into the game. Rachel Ladd (Bridgewater, Mass.) had an assist on the play.
Plymouth State had a chance to tie the game early in the second half, but KSC goalie Sara Joyce (Hampstead, N.H.) made a sliding save on PSU senior Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.).
The Owls' second goal came on a fine individual effort by Kaitlin Henley (Somers, N.Y.). The senior forward carried the ball into the Panthers' side of the field and blasted a shot that was deflected into the net by Katy Pokrywka (Roxbury, Conn.). It was Pokrywka's ninth goal of the season.
Joyce finished with four saves to record her fifth shutout of the season. Freshman Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) made five saves for Plymouth State, which won three straight LEC titles from 2000-02.
PSU, 15-4 overall, is expected to receive an ECAC berth when the New England Tournament field is announced on Monday.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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