KEENE, N.H. -- Freshman Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) netted a pair of second half markers, but the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey could not complete its comeback, losing 3-2 at Keene State College this afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
With the loss, the Corsairs finished in a three-way tie for second place with Bridgewater State University and Plymouth State University. The Bears won the coin flip to earn the No. 2 seed in the 2013 Little East Field Hockey Championship, while the Panthers edged UMass Dartmouth for the third seed. The Corsairs will host fifth-seeded Southern Maine at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.5 in the quarterfinal round.
Leddy Gallagher led the Owls with four points, on a goal and two assists, while Kayla Renaud and Marisa Lemoine each found the back of the net.
Keene State (17-3, 11-0) opened the scoring in the 29th minute, when Renaud converted off a feed from Gallagher to stake the hosts to a 1-0 advantage entering the halftime intermission.
The visitors produced the equalizer just five minutes into the second stanza, when Carden recorded an unassisted goal.
The Owls scored two goals in less than a minute to balloon their lead to 3-1 with just over 30 minutes remaining in regulation. Keene State regained its advantage in the 49th minute off an unassisted tally from Gallagher. Fifty-six seconds later, Lemoine rcorded the eventual game-winning goal to clinch the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the conference tournament.
UMass Dartmouth would not go quietly, as Carden whittle the Corsairs deficit to 3-2 with her second marker of the contest. The visitors registed the final three shots, but could not forge the equalizer.
Senior Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) made seven saves in the loss, while her counterpart, Meaghan Dwyer turned aside five Corsair attempts.
Keene State held a 15-11 advantage in shots, while UMass Dartmouth owned an 8-4 lead in penalty corners.