Keene State Field Hockey Knocked out of NCAA Postseason

Keene State Field Hockey Knocked out of NCAA Postseason

GRANTHAM, Pa.--No. 1 Messiah College outshot Keene State College 35-2 in a 5-0 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday morning.


  • Keene State: 21-4
  • Messiah: 19-1

Up Next

  • The Owls conclude the season with a recording tying 21 wins, matching a mark set in 2013.
  • The Falcons will take on Middlebury College in the national quarterfinals on Sunday.


  • "We've had a good season so far, we had to keep playing like we had all year.  We know once we got past the first round we would be in a tough pod with a team like Messiah and we had to play as hard as we could, and that's what we did."
  • "This is kind of the end of an era - this senior class has won four conference championships, made it to the round of 16 three times - we were hoping to take it one step further, but when we saw the pairing, we knew that would be tough."  -- Head Coach Amy Watson

Tale of the Tape


  • The Owls, who boasted one of the most potent offenses in the country this fall, ran into a Messiah team that has spent much of the year ranked No. 1 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.
  • The loss ended a 15 game winning streak for Keene State, which tied the record, also set in 2013, for the longest such streak in school history.
  • Keene State got a career high 12 saves from sophomore goalie Gwen Thayer in the cage, and Marita Brothers had a defensive save, her ninth of the year, for the Owls.
  • The loss ends the career of seniors Sami SmithBrittney CardenteKayla RenaudMarita Brothers, and Paige Hefferan.  The five seniors combined to go 78-21 (.788) and 42-2 (.955) in LEC play.  They won four LEC regular season championship and four LEC tournament titles, reaching the NCAA tournament all four years, including second round appearances in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
  • Carissa Gehman had two goals and an assist to lead the Falcons.


How it Happened

  • Messiah needed just four minutes to get on the board, with Nicole Wilkerson's unassisted goal.  
  • Gehman set up Kezia Loht for a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute, and scored herself with five minutes left before halftime to make it 3-0.
  • Messiah added goals from Taylor Holt and Gehman's second of the game early in the second half to put the game beyond reach.
  • Keene State's best chance to break up the shutout came in the 51st minute, when the Owls were awarded a penalty stroke, but Casi Smith's shot was saved by Messiah Goalie Shelby Landes.