GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Jensyn Dandeneau (Berlin, N.H.) scored three goals, all in the second half, to help the Keene State College Owls to a 5-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference field hockey game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field. The game was a rematch of the 2016 LEC championship game, which also ended in a 5-0 victory for the Owls.
With its second consecutive win, Keene State improves to 9-5 overall and 8-1 in the Little East. Southern Maine suffers its fourth straight loss to drop to 4-10 overall and 3-5 in the LEC.
Trailing the Owls 9-1 in shots in the opening half, Southern Maine trailed KSC by just one goal at halftime thanks in part to the outstanding efforts of Husky freshman goalkeeper McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley). Cormier made six saves in the opening half to keep her team in the game.
KSC came out firing in the second half and quickly ballooned its lead to 3-0 with goals in the 42nd and 47th minute. Senior Kendal Brown (Belmont, Mass.) rocketed in a shot to the far post on one of the Owls' 10 penalty corners in the game. Five minutes later, Dandeneau scored the first of her three goals. Dandeneau made in 4-0 in the 54th minute redirecting a pass from freshman Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.). Dandeneau completed the hat trick in the 66th minute on an unassisted strike for the 5-0 final.
KSC finished the game with an 18-4 lead in shots, and a 10-4 lead in penalty corners. USM's Cormier made nine saves in the loss. KSC starter freshman Rachel Loseby (Hartford, Vt.) made two saves to earn the win, playing 61:36. Classmate Page Noble (Bedford, N.H.) finished the final 8:24, and did not record a save.
Southern Maine remains in Little East Conference action and will travel to Fitchburg State on Thursday (7:00 p.m.). Keene State takes on Castleton at home in a non-conference game on Thursday (6:30 p.m.).