Second-seeded Owls too strong for Panthers
KEENE, N.H. – Freshman Maggie Cahoon (Keene, N.H.) scored three times and added an assist to lead second-seeded Keene State College to a 4-0 win over seventh-seeded Plymouth State University in the quarterfinals of the Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey tournament at Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday night.
Keene State advances to face third-seeded WestConn in a semifinal clash on Thursday (Nov. 7), while Plymouth State ends its season with an 8-10 mark.
The Owls came out strong, with Cahoon scoring off a penalty corner in the fifth minute. She added her second of the day with just over 30 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, before KSC tacked on a pair of insurance goals in the second half.
Plymouth State 0, Keene State 4
Plymouth State (8-10)
Keene State (14-7)
How it Happened:
- Cahoon wasted little time for the Owls, scoring on the game's first penalty corner just 4:21 into play.
- Cahoon struck again off a penalty corner in the final seconds of the opening frame to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.
- PSU responded with pressure early in the second quarter. Senior Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.) inserted a pair of penalty corners in the 25th minute, but the first shot went wide and junior Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) was stoned by the Owls' goalkeeper on the second attempt.
- Junior Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) pushed the deficit to 3-0 midway through the third quarter and Cahoon completed the hat trick six minutes into the fourth to account for the final score.
- The Panthers fought right to the end, firing multiple shots in the final seconds but they were unable to break through.
Inside the Numbers:
- Junior Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made three saves for PSU, falling to 6-7 on the year, while her counterpart, junior Rachel Loseby (Hartland, Vt.) had a pair of stops for the Owls to improve to 12-6.
- McPherson led the Panthers with a pair of shots.
- KSC held an 11-5 advantage in shots and 13-5 edge in penalty corners.
- Keene State has won each of the last six LEC Tournament titles.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It was a hard fought game by both teams," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "Jess [Distler] was solid in goal with strong defense by Kylie [Ham] and Kate [McPherson]. We had opportunities in the circle and on corners, but couldn't capitalize against a stifling Keene defense. Tonight we did not play hard enough to win."
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