KEENE, N.H.--Senior Sami Smith netted a hat-trick as the Keene State College field hockey team opened up Little East Conference play with a 4-0 win over Fitchburg State University on Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 4-1, 1-0 LEC
- Fitchburg State: 2-1, 1-1 LEC
- Keene State dips back out of conference play to host Amherst College on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.
- The Falcons travel to Colby-Sawyer College on Tuesday, September 13, at 4:30 p.m.
Tale of the Tape
- Smith's hat-trick was her second of the season and seventh of her career. She moved into a tie for the second most goals in KSC history with 64, and needs just two points to become the Owls' all-time leading scorer.
- Keene State has now won three straight games, and recorded their second shutout of the year.
- Gwendolyn Thayer made six saves in 57:40 in the KSC cage, while Fitchburg counterpart Brittany Linane made 14 stops.
First Half Highlights
- Keene State needed less than 10 minutes to get on the scoreboard, as Brittney Cardente's slide rule pass found the stick of Smith, who slipped in her eighth goal of the season.
- The rest of the half saw the Owls pepper the Falcons' cage with shots, but could not find a way past Linane. Jensyn Dandeneau was first to try her luck, but Linane made the save.
- Linane made a double stop on Kayla Renaud and Erica Stauffer in the final moments of the half, then stoned Renaud again with seven ticks on the clock before halftime.
Second Half Highlights
- The Owls grabbed another fast start in the second half, as Julia Babbitt set up Smith for a 2-0 lead with less than five minutes gone in the half.
- KSC continued to pour it on, as Renaud and Cook found themselves stuffed by Linane, but Erica Stauffer cleaned up from close range, getting her fourth of the year at the 47:43 mark.
- Smith completed the hat-trick in the 54th minute, with Babbitt again providing the assist.
- The Owls had more chances to add to the lead, but Linane made stops on Dandeneau and Cardente.