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Keene State hands PSC first LEC loss

KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College field hockey team remained undefeated in the Little East Conference Saturday with a 3-0 shutout victory over rival Plymouth State College before a Homecoming Day crowd.

Tanya Strong (Hatfield, Mass.) had a goal and an assist to lead KSC (5-3, 3-0 LEC), which has won five out of its last six games. Plymouth State, which had won 13 consecutive conference contests, including last season's LEC Championship, falls to 3-4 (2-1 LEC).

Taking a feed from Nichole Dallas (Marlow, NH), Strong netted her third goal of the season to give the Owls a early 1-0 lead. Solid play by Panther goalie Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Me.) prevented KSC from extending its lead in the half. KSC was finally able to add two more goals in the second half. Liz Peltokenges's (New Ipswich, NH) second goal of the season made it 2-0, and Melissa Harch-Smith (Newburyport, Mass.) completed the Owls' scoring with a goal off a corner play late in the game. It was her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Lindsay Hamilton (Brattleboro, NH) had fives saves and Amy Carroll (Brunswick, Me.) had two saves late in the game to post the combine shutout. Ward finished the game with 10 saves for the Panthers.

It was the second victory of the season for the Owls over the defending LEC Champion Panthers. KSC edged PSC 2-1 in the consolation game of the Skidmore Tournament back on Sept. 9.

Plymouth State is back in action Monday (Sept. 24) with a big non-conference game at New England College (3:30 p.m.). NEC eliminated PSC from the NCAA Tournament in the first round last year.

(Courtesy Keene State Sports Information)