(by Tammi Waters, Student Assistant)
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Kerri Tarpy (Biddeford,ME) scored the winning goal in the second half to lead the Plymouth State College field hockey team to a 2-1 victory Saturday over nationally ranked Keene State.
Plymouth State has won four consecutive games, putting them at 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the Little East Conference. The Owls, who defeated PSC in both the regular season and in the LEC championship game last season, fall to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the LEC. Keene State was ranked 6th in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.
Plymouth State's first half goal was scored by Sacha Jackon (Sangerville, ME), with an assist from Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, NH), with 17:32 remaining. Keene State's lone goal was netted by rookie Tanya Strong (Hatfield, MA) with just 5:30 left in the first half, assisted by fellow newcomer Nichole Dallas (Marlow, NH).
PSC freshman keeper Ellen Ward (Thorndike, ME) finished with eight saves, and KSC goalkeeper Lindsay Hamilton (Brattleboro, VT) posted seven saves. Ward has racked up a total of 56 saves this season and is averaging 11.5 saves per game.
The Panthers head to Southern Maine on Wednesday (Sept. 27) for an LEC encounter (4 p.m.) and return home Tuesday (Oct. 3) to host Salem State at Arold Field (3:30 p.m.). Keene State hosts Framingham State this Thursday (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m.