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Lynch's two goals leads PSC past USM

(Courtesy Southern Maine Sports Information)

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Sarah Lynch (Belgrade Lakes, Maine) scored twice to give the Plymouth State College Panthers sole possession of first place in the Little East Conference with a convincing 3-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in women's field hockey action Wednesday afternoon at Paula Hodgdon Field.

The Panthers struck quickly, scoring twice in the first two minutes and five seconds to sieze an insurmountable 2-0 lead. Lynch banged home the game-winner just 1:30 into the match, taking a rebound off the pads of Huskies' junior goalie Andrea Guerette and driving it into the right corner. Senior forward Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, N.H.) followed with a goal just 35 seconds later, tallying unassisted after dribbling in from the top of the circle. Southern Maine threatened twice on direct penalty corners but was unable to find the net.

Lynch closed out Plymouth's scoring with 7:33 remaining in the second half, again slapping a rebound past Guerette. Freshman goalie Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) played the entire game for Plymouth, making three saves to record her second collegiate shutout. Guerette knocked aside four Panthers' shots. Freshman Jessie Superchi relieved Guerette for the final six minutes and was untested. Southern Maine now stands at 6-5 for the season, 3-1 in Little East play. Plymouth State is 5-3 overall and 4-0 in the LEC.

 PSC has the upcoming weekend off, returning to action at home next Tuesday (Oct. 3) against Salem State at 3:30 p.m.