Comeback Falls Short for Keuka College Field Hockey

Taylor Lessard (5) scored for Keuka College on Wednesday -- Photo by Trinity Gotthardt
Taylor Lessard (5) scored for Keuka College on Wednesday -- Photo by Trinity Gotthardt

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Field Hockey team could not overcome a two-goal deficit to King's College on Wednesday as the Wolves lost to the Monarchs 2-1 under the lights at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

Taylor Lessard scored the goal for Keuka College (3-8) with Adele Fairbrother getting the assist. Kassidy Valentine made five saves in goal for Keuka College.

King's College 2 at Keuka College 1

Keuka College got the first shots of the game in the opening three minutes, but both efforts went wide of frame. The two teams would battle for possession in the first half. Midway through the first, the Monarchs got their first shot, but Valentine was there for the save. King's threatened late in the half with a pair of corners, but the Wolves were able to clear the ball as the game went to halftime scoreless.

The Wolves got an early corner, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. The field would flip with Kassidy Valentine being called upon for multiple saves. The Monarchs continued to push with multiple corners. King's College broke through in the 48th minute, taking the 1-0 lead. Minutes later, King's doubled their lead with a goal. Keuka College continued to fight. They had a string of four corners within two minutes of action. The Green and Gold got a goal back with 7:40 left to play as Lessard found the back of the net for her first of the season. The Wolves had a late opportunity as Nicole Wilson raced down the right side of the field and got behind the King's defense. Her shot hit off the post and wide. Keuka attempted to get a penalty corner in the final seconds but were unable to get the call as King's College held on for the 2-1 victory.

KC Notes:

  • King's College has defeated Keuka College in both of the all-time meetings
  • The Monarchs had an 11-7 advantage in shots and held the edge in corners 8-5
  • The goal was the seventh of Lessard's career. She moved into a tie with teammates Shelby Lamb and Alysa Maddaleno for third on the career goals list at Keuka College

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves return to North Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend as they travel to Aurora, N.Y. to face Wells College on Saturday. Keuka College is 2-1 all-time against Wells, but the Express defeated the Wolves 2-1 last season. A win by Keuka College would clinch the first regular season North Eastern Athletic Conference championship in program history.