Claire Boughton

Senior Sports Reporter

Overtime, penalty shots, and a marriage proposal?

Last Wednesday night’s field hockey game against the top-seeded Little East Conference team, Worcester State University Lancers, was one for the scrapbooks.

The game started in nothing but celebration when Keene State’s assistant field hockey coach, Erin Dallas, was proposed to in the middle of the field.

Dallas became an Owl in 2007 after spending one year at the University of Michigan and the moment she touched the turf her field hockey career took off. A few of her accomplishments include holding the KSC career and single-season records for assists, being a First-Team All LEC Player three years in a row, being named LEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and being named LEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Dallas is also a Keene State Hall of Famer and a three-time All-American. She joined the coaching staff at the start of the 2019 season.

The proposal had Dallas surrounded by the field hockey team when her, now fiance. got down on one knee.

Dallas said yes sending the team and the onlooking crowd into cheers.

After the proposal, however, it was game time and this was no ordinary game.

This game saw the top four field hockey goal scorers in the Little East Conference take the field.

By the end of the game, the top goal scorer was Rachel Hopkins, senior midfielder and forward from Worcester State, sitting with 20 goals. Hopkins is followed by Olivia Antonelli, senior forward also from Worcester State, in second place with 18 goals. Tied for third place now are Keene State’s Nina Bruno and Kayla Klein, both junior forwards and both at 15 goals.

The game saw Keene scoring within the first quarter off a penalty corner. The goal was scored by Owls first-year midfielder, Maggie Cahoon.

It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that another goal would be added to the scoreboard, this time coming from Worcester State’s own Olivia Antonelli off another penalty corner.

However, the Owls shut the tie down fast with their own fourth-quarter score by Hailey Beaupre, senior defense, off a penalty corner. This was Beaupre’s first career goal.

Beaupre’s goal would put the Owls ahead until Worcester State’s junior midfielder, Sarah Duff, scored off of yet another penalty corner.

This goal brought the game to a tie. With neither team’s scoring in the remainder of the regulation time, the game was soon sent into overtime.

Six Owls took on six Lancers with ten minutes on the clock.

However, the game came to a quick end when the Owls were awarded a penalty shot.

Kayla Klein stepped up and took the penalty shot, sinking it into the back of the goal.

The crowd erupted in cheers while the Keene State field hockey team flooded the field in celebration.

Up next the Owls will stay home to face off against Babson on Saturday, November 2, start time noon.

Claire Boughton can be contacted


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