CORTLAND, N.Y. - Freshman Katie Dodge (Sanbornton, NH) scored two huge goals Sunday to key Plymouth State College's field hockey team to a 3-2 overtime triumph over Cortland State and the championship of the 1998 Red Dragon Classic.
For her accomplishment, Dodge was selected Little East Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week. She is tied for third in the conference in scoring with three goals and six points.
Plymouth State went into Sunday's game ranked 19th in Division III, and Cortland was ranked 8th. Dodge scored with 3:26 remaining in regulation to knot the score at 2-2, finishing off a penalty corner with assists from junior Jill Sutherland (Rockport, MA) and freshman Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, ME). Dodge added the game-winner 10:22 into the first sudden death overtime, finally putting it home after a scramble in front and two saves by Cortland goalkeeper Catherine Bodisco Massink.
PSC and Cortland exchanged first half goals, Stephanie Acompora scoring first for Cortland and Holly Laratta (Toms River, NJ) countering for PSC with an assist from Jackson. Jocelyn Dubach gave Cortland a 2-1 lead with 10:34 remaining in regulation, setting up Dodge's heroics.
The Red Dragons outshot the Panthers 25-8 in the contest. PSC goalkeeper Chris Perruzzi (South Portland, ME) finished with a season-high 20 saves, while Bodisco Massink was credited with three saves.
The tournament pairings were pre-set. PSC defeated 13th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in Saturday's first game, with Jackson and Amanda Murphy (Canton, CT) scoring first half goals to key the victory. Freshman goalkeeper Martha Dennerly (Concord, NH) made 10 saves in the winning effort.
The tournament victory marked a dramatic rebound for the Panthers, who had dropped their previous two games at Springfield (3-1) and Colby (4-1). PSC, led by first-year coach Abby Burbank, is a very young team with only three starters back from last year's team.
PSC, now 3-2 overall, finally plays its home opener at Arold Field Tuesday (Sept. 22) against New England College (4:00 p.m.), then hosts Keene State in the first Little East Conference game Saturday (Sept. 26) in the Homecoming contest (2:30 p.m.).
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