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No. 2 Keene State and No. 4 Westfield State Advance to Field Hockey Title Match Following Semifinal Wins

No. 2 Keene State and No. 4 Westfield State Advance to Field Hockey Title Match Following Semifinal Wins


Sophomore Cora Rogers (Milford, N.H.) recorded her second hat trick of the postseason and accounted for the game-winning goal in the 56th minutes as fourth-seeded Westfield State University upset top-seeded Worcester State University Wednesday night in the LEC semifinals.

The back-and-forth affair was tied at three heading into the second half before sophomore Katelyn Santos (Acushnet, Mass.) quickly put the Lancers up 4-3 off a feed from senior Hayley Sutherland (Tewksbury, Mass.) 3:28 into the frame. Freshman Brianah Parker (Sutton, Mass.) answered for the Owls four minutes later to once again tie the score before Rogers redirected a center pass from freshman Marina Small (South Harwich, Mass.) to give Westfield State the lead for good.

Freshman Molly Duff-Still (Hatchville, Mass.) tallied five saves in the cage for the Owls, improving her record to 8-6. Senior Kathryn Salemme (Boxborough, Mass.) fell to 15-4 after stopping just three shots.

No. 2 KEENE STATE 5, No. 3 PLYMOUTH STATE 3 | Box Score

Second-seed and four-time defending Little East Champion Keene State College will have a chance to defend its title Saturday following a 5-3 semifinal in over cross-state rival and third-seeded Plymouth State University. The Owls will host the title match Saturday at 1 p.m.

The game was tied at 2-2 at the intermission, but didn't stay that way for long as sophomore Jensyn Dandeneau (Berlin, N.H.) scored her second goal of the match just 55 seconds into the second half, giving Keene State the lead for good. Freshman Nine Bruno's (Agawam, Mass.) second goal of the game in the 41st minute gave the Owls a 4-2 lead, and senior Kendal Brown (Belmont, Mass.) capped the scoring with 2:41 left in the contest for the 5-3 final.

Sophomore Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) scored two goals in a span of 1:30 to give the Panthers their only lead of the game 9:32 into the match. Freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) found the back of the cage in the 54th minute to make it a 4-3 game.

Freshman Rachel Loseby (Hartford, Vt.) had four saves in goal for Keene State as she improved her record to 11-4. Senior Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) fell to 12-6 in goal for the Panther after making just two saves.