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Panthers blank Worc. State in LEC Semi-final

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Seniors Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, NH) and Kerri Tarpy (Biddeford, Maine) scored second half goals Friday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State College field hockey team to a 2-0 victory over Worcester State College in the semi-finals of the Little East Conference Tournament at Arold Field.

The victory advances top-seeded Plymouth State into the championship game Saturday against second-seeded Keene State. The Owls advanced earlier in the day with a 2-1 overtime decision over third-seeded Southern Maine. PSC will bring a 14-4 overall record into the championship game, and Keene State brings a 16-4 mark into the contest.

After a scoreless first half, PSC got on the board just 1:15 into the second half. O'Sullivan deflected a shot by junior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) past WSC keeper Katie DeSimone (North Brookfield, Mass.) for her eighth goal of the season. It remained a one-goal contest until the final two minutes, when Tarpy collected a loose ball in the crease area and deposited it in the net for a two-goal lead.

The Panthers had a 17-1 advantage in shots on goal. DeSimone played a solid game for the fifth-seeded Lancers, making nine saves, while PSC keeper Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) stopped the only shot she faced.

Saturday's championship game is a rematch of last year's title match, won by the Owls in overtime, 2-1. PSC captured the regular season game this year in Plymouth on Sept. 23rd, 2-1.