Field Hockey Falls In Little East Home Opener To Keene State

Field Hockey Falls In Little East Home Opener To Keene State

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Bridget Harrington (Florence, Mass.) celebrated her first career goal in the Corsairs’ 8-1 loss to Keene State at Cressy Field on Saturday afternoon. The Owls’ dynamic duo of sophomore classmates Kayla Klein (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) shouldered the load as the pair combined for seven scores.

The Corsairs move to 0-4 overall on the young season and 0-2 within the conference, while Keene State now sits at a perfect 5-0 and 1-0 in the league.

How It Happened

Klein and Bruno alternated the offensive duties in the first half to jump out to a 5-0 half time advantage. Bruno clinched her hat trick minutes after the break with an unassisted marker from the right side of the circle, tucking in the low-level liner just inside the left post.

UMass Dartmouth forged their way onto the scoreboard in the 52nd minute after Harrington started the play with a corner over to senior Kassidy Cestodio (Westport, Mass.) atop the circle. The fourth-year Corsair whipped a pass over to classmate Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.), who found a wide-open Harrington on the weak side for the finish. Keene State redeemed the seven-goal margin back on visiting junior Kelsey Roberts’ (Greenfield, Mass.) 63rd minute goal along the left side of the post, sneaking a shot just under the reach of newly inserted sophomore goalie Katelyn Banalewicz (Fall River, Mass.).   

Inside The Numbers

  • Keene was aggressive on the offensive end, amassing 26 shots.
  • Banalewicz made a season-high five saves in 17+ minutes of action.
  • Corsair midfielder Anderson paced the squad with four shots.
  • UMass Dartmouth starting goalie Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) made a game-high six saves.

Up Next

The Corsairs will gear up to take on #4 Babson on Monday for a non-conference clash beginning at 6 p.m. Keene State continues its conference slate with a Tuesday date with the Huskies at Southern Maine at 6:30 p.m.

(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)

(Photo Credit:  Rainier Almonte '20)