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Panthers hold off NEC

HENNIKER, N.H. - Plymouth State College scored three first half goals Monday and went on to defeat New England College, 3-2, in a non-conference field hockey game. T

he Panthers even their record at 4-4 overall with the win, while the Pilgrims are also 4-4. PSC edged NEC in overtime during the regular season last year, 2-1, then lost to the Pilgrims in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, 1-0.

Senior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) put the Panthers on the board less than four minutes into the contest with her third goal of the season. Junior Melanie McAvey (Grafton, Mass.) gave PSC a two-goal cushion with her third of the year with 17:36 remaining, with an assist by junior Katie Dodge (Sanbornton, N.H.). Three minutes later, Dodge converted her third of the season to put the Panthers ahead by three. The Pilgrims got on the board with 6:41 to go in the opening half as Laura Buffa scored the first of her two goals. Buffa brought NEC to within a goal with her second tally with 14:43 to play in the second half, but PSC held on for the win.

PSC finished with a 35-20 advantage in shots on goal. Panther sophomore goalie Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) made seven saves, while NEC keeper Krista Milroy made 13 saves.

Plymouth State returns home to host the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday (Sept. 26) in a Little East Conference contest (4:00 p.m.).