SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.- In a tightly contested field hockey battle, Springfield College nipped Plymouth State College, 3-2, Saturday in the first round of the Skidmore Invitational Tournament.
The Panthers will face arch-rival Keene State Sunday at 10 a.m. in the consolation game of the tournament, while Springfield will face Skidmore for the championship. Skidmore blanked Keene State 5-0 in the other first-round game.
The PSC-Springfield game was much closer than last year, when the Pride prevailed 7-0. Springfield took a 2-0 lead into halftime Saturday, as Melissa Rogers scored a pair of goals, including her second with five seconds remaining in the half. The Panthers got on the board early in the second half, as senior Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Maine) tallied an unassisted goal with 31:28 on the clock. After Caroline Black gave Springfield its two-goal margin back with 14:26 to play, junior Katie Dodge (Sanbornton, N.H.) pulled PSC back to within one with her first goal of the season with 2:46 to play. The Panthers kept the pressure on, but could not get the tying goal. Shots on goal in the game were tied, 10-10.
PSC sophomore keeper Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) made five saves, while Springfield goalies Liz Sena and Lindsay Pardue combined for four saves.
The Panthers will face a Keene State squad Sunday that they defeated twice last year in a pair of one-goal games.