KEENE, N.H. - Senior forward Elizabeth Coffin (Sugar Hill, N.H./St. Johnsbury Academy) scored four goals to lead the top-seeded Keene State College Owls to a lopsided 7-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Little East Conference field hockey tournament championship Wednesday evening in Keene, N.H.
With the win, Keene State improves its record to 17-4 and advances to the semifinal round of the 2011 Little East Conference field hockey championship. The loss concludes the Huskies season at 8-12.
When the two teams met in the regular season, the Owls were fortunate to earn a narrow 1-0 victory on the road against the Huskies thanks to the late game heroics from senior midfielder Alyce Ferenc (Rumney, N.H./Plymouth Regional). In a scoreless deadlock, Ferenc registered the game-winner in the 53rd minute.
Today's game was a different story, however, as the Owls potent offense left little to suspense and was on display from the start as junior midfielder Alexandra Billert (Center Conway, N.H./Kennett) staked her team a 1-0 lead just 2:09 into the game. After a 15-minute scoring hiatus, the Owls relied on their leading scorer, Coffin, to put the game out of the Huskies' reach. Coffin scored the Owls' next three goals of the half at the 18th, 28th and 29th minutes for a 4-0 Keene State lead at the half.
In the second half, Coffin continued to have her way notching her team-leading 20th goal of the season and fourth of the game to put the Owls head 5-0 just one minute and 31 seconds into the second stanza. Billert scored her second goal of the game in the 52nd minute, while sophomore back Stephanie Morse (Harrisville, N.H./Keene) added a goal in the 53rd minute for the 7-0 final.
Southern Maine sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) allowed five goals and made two saves in 37:28 of action before being lifted in favor of sophomore Lindsey Fortin (Berwick, Maine/Noble). Fortin finished the game allowing two goals and making five saves in 32:32 of action.
Keene State freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Davino-Draper (Hanover, Mass.) earned the win for the Owls making three saves in 43 minutes of action. She was replaced by freshman D.J. Cassidy (Lowell, Mass.) who made one save in 27 minutes to share the shutout.
Keene State held a decisive 21-8 advantage in shots and a 9-2 lead in penalty corners.