CASTLETON, Vermont – Kelsey Roberts scored a pair of goals to lead the second-seed Keene State College Owls to a 3-1 win over the third-seed University of Southern Maine Huskies in the second semifinal game of the 2018 Little East Conference Field Hockey Championship Tournament.
With the win, the Owls advance to the championship game of the 2018 LEC tournament and will face top-seed Castleton University Spartans on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). The Spartans defeated Worcester State 2-1 earlier in the day. The Owls are now 16-8 overall. Southern Maine concludes its season with a 13-8 record.
Scoreless through most of the first half, Keene State broke through for a pair of goals in the final minutes of the opening stanza. Roberts scored the first of her two goals in the 33rd minute on an assist from Julia Babbit before KSC's Nina Roberts, the Little East Conference's leading goal scorer, doubled the Owls' advantage with just 40 seconds remaining in the first half for a 2-0 lead at the break. The goal is Roberts' 30th of the season.
Southern Maine bounced back early in the second half trimming its deficit to one goal. Junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) scored off of an assist from senior Kerigan Demers (Westbrook, Maine) for the 2-1 score. Redirecting a long insert from Demers, Redman's goal was the fifth of the season for the Huskies' junior, who had scored in four of the last six games. The Huskies continued to press for the equalizer, but Roberts sealed the Owls' victory with her second goal of the game in the 64th minute for the 3-1 final. Roberts collected a rebounded loose ball in front of the cage for the unassisted goal and her fifth marker of the season.
Freshman Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) and sophomore McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) split time evenly in goal for USM. Pych played the first half allowing two goals and making five saves. Cormier also made five saves and allowed a goal. KSC's Rachel Loseby made six saves in the win for the Owls.
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