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PSC ends regular season with 9th straight win

Worcester, Mass. - Senior Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) continued her hot scoring and the Plymouth State College defense posted its fourth straight shutout Saturday evening as the Panther field hockey team blanked Worcester State College, 3-0, in a Little East Conference game and the regular season finale for both schools.

PSC will head into the play-offs at 12-4 overall and 9-1 in the LEC, after earning its second consecutive LEC regular season title. The Panthers have won their last nine games, shutting out their last four opponents. Worcester State finishes at 13-6 overall and 6-4 in the conference play.

Fournier scored the only goal of the first half to give the Panthers the lead, then added another one early in the second half. Fournier has scored two goals in two straight games, and has at least one goal in the last four outings. She leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and two assists. Junior Jill Matteson (Chatham, Mass.) followed Fournier's second-half goal with her fifth of the season to put the Lancers away. Panther sophomore keeper Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) needed to make just save to record her fifth shutout of the season. She now has 14 shutouts in her career, one shy to the school record. T

he Panthers are the top seed in the LEC Tournament, and will receive a bye in Tuesday's first round. The #2, #3 and #4 seeds will host the #7, #6 and #5 seeds, respectively, with the winners joining Plymouth State for the semifinals next Friday, Oct. 26, at Arold Field in Plymouth. The semifinal games will be at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with the championship game Saturday at PSC at 12:00 p.m.