KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Field Hockey team fell on Wednesday 6-3 to Castleton University at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex
Keuka College (2-8, 1-0 NEAC) got a pair of goals from junior Alyssa Orsino. Adding to the scoring tally for the Green and Gold was freshman Brianna Harris. Kassidy Valentine made 10 saves in goal for the Wolves.
Castleton University 6 at Keuka College 3
In a largely defensive first half, both teams tried to make the most of little chances. Castleton had a 4-3 advantage in penalty corners and 11-5 advantage in shots. Late in the half, Castleton hit home a rebound to make it 1-0 at the half.
The game opened up in the second half with both teams getting chances on either end. The Wolves struck first in the half as Alyssa Orsino scored off of a Nicole Wilson rebound to tie the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute. However, 36 seconds after Keuka scored, the Spartans took the lead back and 29 seconds after that, it was made 3-1. With the score 4-1, Alyssa Orsino let a shot from the edge of the circle go. The ball went off a Spartan foot and into the air. The ball sailed over the goalie and into the net to make it 4-2. Castleton added two late goals on their way to the 6-2, but the Wolves had a response in the final minutes. Alysa Maddaleno found Brianna Harris with a pass. The freshman scored at the near post to make it 6-3. The Spartans held from there for the victory.
- Wednesday was the first ever meeting between Keuka College and Castleton University
- It was also the first time Keuka College has faced a team from the North Atlantic Conference. The NAC and the North Eastern Athletic Conference have an agreement where the two conference champions face each other with the winner getting an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament
- It was the third time in school history that Keuka College scored three goals in a game
- The goal by Brianna Harris was the first of her career
- It was the second multi-goal game of Alyssa Orsino's career
Coming up for Keuka College: The Wolves return to North Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend as they host Wells College on Saturday at 11am. The matchup with the Express will go a long way towards determining the participants in the NEAC Championship game as the Wolves and Express currently sit in second and third place, respectively.