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Keene State Fall Teams Pick Up Four Little East Championships

The Men's Cross Country Team
The Men's Cross Country Team

It’s been quite a fall for the Keene State College athletic teams. The Owls captured four Little East Conference Championships, including back-to-back titles for the field hockey and women’s soccer squads.

The field hockey team won its second consecutive Little East Conference tournament championship and third in four years with a 3-1 win over Umass-Dartmouth on Saturday. Tournament Most Outstanding Player Marissa Lemoine scored two goals as the Owls rebounded from an early deficit. KSC reached the title game after beating Eastern Connecticut State in overtime in the quarterfinal round and Western Connecticut State in the semifinal round.

The women’s soccer team became the lowest seeded team in LEC history to win the LEC tournament, dispatching Umass Boston in penalty kicks on Saturday. After playing to a 1-1, double-overtime tie, KSC held their nerve in a 4-3 penalty shootout win. KSC, which was seeded fourth in the tournament, had beaten Umass Dartmouth in the quarterfinals, and had won another penalty kick shootout in the semifinals against top seeded Western Conn. St.

KSC’s women’s cross country team won the Little East Conference championship for the 15th straight year on Nov. 1. Junior Samantha Goldsmith won the individual medalist honors for the second consecutive year, while the Owls placed all seven of their runners in the top 10 for a dominating win. KSC will race at the NCAA Regionals at Mount Greylock High School in Williamstown, Mass., on November 15.

The KSC men’s cross country team also retained their LEC title, winning for the third consecutive year on Nov. 1. Junior Hayden Patterson was KSC’s fastest finisher in third overall, with classmate Ryan Brady and freshman Philip Parent also in the top 10. KSC will race at the NCAA Regionals at Mount Greylock High School in Williamstown, Mass., on November 15.

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