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Owl Notebook

A Standout Fall Season for Owls
Keene State fall athletic teams treated their fans to a 2009 season filled with memorable moments.

The Keene State field hockey team began its season with a school record six consecutive shutouts. The shutout spree included wins over regional powers Springfield College (3-0) and Williams College (1-0). Two seniors, back Erin Dallas (see story on page 16) and goalie Vikki Stoessel, were key contributors to the streak. Benning and Dallas were named LEC offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.

Owl men and women's soccer teams had their share of huge regular-season wins, but none bigger than double-dose Little East victories over Eastern Connecticut on September 26. The KSC women defeated a then regionally ranked ECSU team 2-1 in overtime, and the Owl men disarmed the Warriors 4-1 on the road.

The Keene State cross-country teams appear to be heading down the right trail. The men posted early-season wins at the UMass Dartmouth and KSC invitationals, and the women captured their 10th straight LEC championship. Both teams were ranked in national and regional polls this season.

The defending LEC champion Keene State women's volleyball team unveiled retro uniforms this season. Featuring long sleeves and large numbers on the front and back, the uniforms are reminiscent of those worn by Owl teams in the early and mid-'80s. KSC finished fourth in the LEC this season.

Unfortunately, home wasn't so sweet for Owl teams playing in the LEC tournaments this fall. Although men and women's soccer and field hockey teams earned coveted top seeds, all three were victims of the upset bug that seemed to be prevalent at Owl Athletic Complex. However, both women's soccer and field hockey teams kept their long string of postseason berths alive by accepting invitations to play in the ECAC New England Tournament.

Grant Wins Academic All-America Honors
Keene State's Jacyln Grant has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women's soccer team. She is the first Owl women's soccer player to receive the honor. The senior back from Newington, Connecticut, anchored a stingy Owl defense that allowed just four goals in Little East play, and she has excelled in the classroom as an elementary education major.

Keene State to Honor
Women's Basketball Alums

Keene State College will be commemorating 40 years of women's basketball on Saturday, January 23, at Spaulding Gym, when the Owls host the Beacons of UMass Boston. The College is extending a special invitation to women's basketball alums, coaches, and staff who contributed to the growth of the program. Alums and coaches will be introduced at halftime of both men's and women's games and invited to a postgame social at the Night Owl Café.

Women's basketball has a long and rich tradition at Keene State College. From the first baskets of Red & White games to AIAW and NCAA competition in the New England Collegiate and now the Little East Conference, women's basketball has become a staple of the winter athletic scene at KSC. Please join us on January 23.

Alums Join Coaching Staff
A pair of alums has joined the Keene State winter coaching staff. Kevin Ritter '08 has been named an assistant men's basketball coach, and Katie Allenson '09 is set to begin her first season as an assistant swim coach. Meanwhile, Trevor Hansen '04 rejoins the KSC women's basketball staff after spending the past two seasons at Keene High School.