PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College scored three unanswered second-half goals Tuesday afternoon and held off upset-minded Salem State College 6-3 in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.
The Panthers, who had allowed only one goal in the first eight games this season, surrendered three first-half goals as the Vikings managed a 3-3 tie at the break. PSC settled down in the second half and pulled away, improving its record to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the LEC. The Panthers have now won 12 consecutive LEC games, dating back to last year. Salem State remains winless at 0-8 and 0-4.
Senior Melanie McAvey (North Grafton, Mass.) led the Panthers with two goals, while senior Marushka Eddy (Nantucket, Mass.) and freshman Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) each contributed a goal and an assist. Freshman Ashley LaRose (Milton, Vt.) also tallied her first career goal, and senior Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, Vt.) scored the eventual game-winner on a penalty stroke early in the second half.
Sophomore Jennifer Grant (Essex, Mass.), as transfer from PSC, scored the Vikings' first goal. Freshman Loren Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) and junior Jess Horne (Boxford, Mass.) also notched goals for Salem State, and senior Liz Powers (Saugus, Mass.) contributed a pair of assists.
PSC had a 22-6 advantage in shots on goal, including a 14-0 margin in the second half. Junior Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) made three saves for the Panthers, while freshman Meaghan Oskirko (Lancaster, Mass.) made 15 stops for the Vikings.
The Panthers are back in action this Saturday (Oct. 12) with an LEC match at Bridgewater State (12 p.m.). Salem State has an LEC match Saturday at Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.).