News from KSC Athletics
Spring Forecast: Sunny with a
Chance of Championships
If the Little East Conference preseason prognosticators are on target, it could be a productive spring for Keene State teams.
- The defending champion Owl women's lacrosse team is picked first in the preseason poll conducted by LEC coaches. The Owls are led by LEC All-Stars Jill Kirk, Jamie Albert, and Lauren Sawyer.
- KSC baseball was selected second in its polls. The Owls should boast a potent offensive lineup with the return of four All-Little East players, including 2009 All-America outfielder Bobby Doyon and ECAC Rookie of the Year Cody Callahan.
- Men's lacrosse was also ranked second. Griffin Meehan, the LEC's Rookie of the Year, will lead Keene State's attack.
- The Owl softball squad is predicted to come in third. Although the loss of LEC Player of the Year Jenna Patnode leaves a huge hole in the KSC lineup, the Owl team returns most of their nucleus, including offensive stalwart Haley Chandler and sophomore pitching ace Courtney Savoie.
Swimmers Defend Champion Status
Keene State College men's and women's teams successfully defended their New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) championships in February. Capturing their third consecutive crown, the Keene State women overcame the depth of Bentley University to post a 924-802 victory. The Owl men defeated Bentley 656-555 for their second straight title.
The two teams combined to set 30 school records and six meet marks in the three-day event. Cody Larrimore, a senior from Trappe, Maryland, was named the men's swimmer of the meet, while Kaila Umbarger, a freshman from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was selected as the women's swimmer of the meet. Kristine Trutor, a Holden, Massachusetts, native, won the award for most points by a senior.
Kristin Degou Named
Academic All-America (Again!)
Basketball player Kristin Degou, senior guard and biology major (with a 3.87 GPA) from Newburyport, Massachusetts, has been named an Academic District All-America scholar/athlete, a first-team pick by ESPN The Magazine. Kristin, KSC's first two-time winner (she was also named last year), will be in contention for national honors later this season. Currently completing her four-year Owl career, Kristin is sixth in scoring in the LEC (13.4 ppg), tops the Little East Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.388), and has twice been named LEC Player of the Week. Scott Jensen '00, a former cross country and track standout at Keene State, earned national academic All-America honors in 2000.
Outfielder Bobby Doyon
Limbers Up His Bat
Owl outfielder Bobby Doyon, a junior from Keene, has been named to the d3baseball.com preseason All-America team. He is coming off a super sophomore season where he batted .435 with 13 home runs and 72 RBIs. He was also selected to the American Baseball Coaches All-America team. Keene State, which posted a 25-16 record and advanced to the championship round of the Little East Tournament last spring, opens its 2010 season with a 12-game trip to Phoenix, Arizona, March 13 to 20.
Fans Choose Owl Team of the Decade
The votes were registered and tallied: the 2003-04 Owl men's basketball team came out on top as the KSC team of the decade. The 2003-04 team captured the program's first Little East Conference championship and qualified for the Elite Eight by racing past Babson College (79-55) and shocking third-ranked Rochester (82-79), before having its dream season end in the regional finals with a 79-64 loss to Williams College.
The team received 207 first-place votes in the poll conducted on the College's athletic website in January. Almost 650 votes were received in the poll.
The 2008-09 men's swim team, which placed third in the ECAC Division III championship and won a first-ever NEISDA title, was voted second, and the NEISDA and LEC champion 2008-09 women's swim team was third.