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Panthers nips UMass Lowell in season opener

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College scored two second-half goals Wednesday afternoon to pull out a 2-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Lowell in a non-conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

The victory gives PSC a 1-0 record on the young season, while UML drops to 1-2. The River Hawks had defeated the Panthers 3-1 last season. UML led 1-0 at the half, as senior Nicole LeBlanc (Amesbury, Mass.) connected on her second goal of the season with 14:50 to play in the opening frame, with an assist from sophomore Martha Marsden (Hull, Mass.). PSC evened the score seven minutes into the second half when senior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) scored her first of the season, an unassisted marker with 27:15 remaining. Less than four minutes later, freshman Amanda Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) tallied the eventual game-winner, an unassisted goal coming with 23:30 on the clock.

PSC had a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal, although all six UML shots came in the first half. River Hawks sophomore goalie Patrice Mendoza (Wilmington, Mass.) made five saves, and Panther sophomore Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) made two saves.

Plymouth State resumes action this weekend at the Skidmore Tournament in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., facing Springfield in the opening round Saturday at 1:30 p.m. UML returns home to host East Stroudsburg Saturday at 1:00 p.m.