KEENE, N.H. – Keene State's offense, led by senior Sami Smith (Merrimack, N.H.), was too much for the visiting Corsairs on Saturday as the Owls avenged a 3-1 2015 loss to UMass Dartmouth and soared to a 6-1 LEC win.
Score: Keene State 6, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Keene State (14-3, 9-0 LEC) |UMass Dartmouth (4-11, 3-7 LEC)
How it Happened
Keene State began scoring early and often against UMass Dartmouth. Freshman Hannah Cook (Schuylerville, N.Y.) tallied her third goal of the season to give the Owls a 1-0 lead at the 21:48 marker.
The Owls would extend the lead less than two minutes later when Smith potted a goal off a Kendal Brown (Belmont, Mass.) pass, pushing the lead to 2-0. Smith would add another to her total, scoring off a penalty corner as time expired to end the half.
Keene State would not let off the gas, as Mia Brickley (Holderness, N.H.) started off the second period with a goal 54 seconds into the frame. Smith would cap off her hat trick as she collected her 31st goal of the season at 39:23.
UMass Dartmouth would cut into the lead at 45:04 when Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J.) received the pass from Katelin Morrissey (Taunton, Mass.), and found the back of the cage. Kayla Renaud (Somers, Conn.) then added one more score for the Owls to bring the margin to 6-1 on the day.
Inside the Numbers
- Senior Sam Brun (Dighton, Mass.) made six stops in cage for the Corsairs, but suffered the defeat.
- The Owls split time in cage between Jordan LaRaus (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) and Gwendolyn Thayer (Hatfield, Mass.), with Thayer getting the majority of the time and making six out of the seven saves on the day for Keene State.
- Burns led the way for the Corsairs offense, firing two of her three shots on cage. Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) also put a pair of shots on net.
- Keene State outshot the Corsairs 25-9 on the day.
- The Owls commanded a 9-5 advantage on penalty corners in the contest.
- With the win, Keene State has now won 13-straight Little East Conference matches.
The Corsairs stick to the road as they travel to Bristol, R.I. on Thursday to face off with Roger Williams for a 7 p.m. start.