The clock ticked down, each second less bringing the women’s field hockey team closer to their Little East Conference (LEC) Championship victory.
Up by nine goals, the moment became surreal as the clock hit zero, naming Keene State College women’s field hockey as the 2017 LEC Champions.
With success in their grasp, the women’s field hockey team celebrated in their glory, taking a large team photo with each member beaming from ear to ear.
First-year and KSC goalie Rachel Loseby said it was a surreal moment when the team knew they had won it.
“It was pretty great, especially experiencing that as a freshman.” Loseby added that throughout the season the seniors had pushed the team and reminded them of the importance of the LEC tournament, so that initial drive really helped them push their way to their end of the season success.
“Going into the championship knowing the importance of it, as well as recognizing all the hard work that the team put in to be there really pushed as a team,” said Loseby.
Sophomore Ally McCall said it felt unbelievable to win the LEC championship, adding that it was her team’s goal from the start of the season.
McCall stressed the importance of hard work when searching for success.
“We were definitely the fittest team in the entire LEC, which helped us be so successful.” McCall said that going into the game was nerve wracking, but exciting all at the same time. “Throughout the season before every game we would say ‘be legendary,’ so I think that was the mindset we had going into the game.”
The depth of the KSC women’s win was surreal, winning 9-0 against a team who had beaten the number one seed. McCall said she had only ever played one other game where her team had scored nine goals.
“We were on fire offensively during the game and so many different people found the net. It was a good way to win,” said McCall.
Senior Kendal Brown said that looking back on her college career in field hockey, that there was no better way to end it all than winning the LEC championship.
“The team put in a lot of hard work and put in the effort, so winning the LECs is just so rewarding and much deserved,” said Brown.
Brown added that the team communication and drive, as well as athleticism that each team member brought to the field was the ultimate thing that brought the team to a successful end for their 2017 season.
The women’s field hockey team ended their season as the 2017 LEC champions, with a record of 14-9, their home record being 9-4.
The women’s team played a total of 23 games and scored a total of 80 goals, nine of those goals pushing them to the LEC champions title.
After winning the LEC championship, the team traveled to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), but unfortunately lost in the first round, 1-4 against SUNY Cortland.
“We sort of just fell apart in the second half, but honestly we accomplished everything we set out to achieve. We’re LEC champs and that’s amazing,” said Loseby.
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