FITCHBURG, Mass. - Plymouth State College scored four unanswered goals Wednesday afternoon and knocked off Fitchburg State College in a Little East Conference field hockey make-up game, 4-1.
The win was the Panthers' 11th in a row, improving their record to 14-1 overall and 9-0 in LEC games. PSC has also captured 16 straight regular season conference games, and 28 of 29 dating back to 2000. Fitchburg State drops to 6-9 overall and 3-6 in LEC play.
The upset-minded Falcons held a 1-0 lead at halftime on a goal by Veronica Orozco with 18:11 left in the opening frame, her fifth of the season, but the Panthers put four goals on the board in a five minute span to start the second half and won going away. Senior Jill Matteson (Chatham, Mass.) scored twice to lead the Panther onslaught as the visitors outshot the hosts, 26-2.
Matteson scored the first of her two goals for PSC just 1:17 after the start of second-half play, with an assist from sophomore Amanda Gutowski (Conway, N.H.). Senior Katie Dodge (Sanbornton, N.H.) gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead with an unassisted marker just 33 second later, and senior Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, Vt.) made it 3-1 with a goal on a penalty stroke with 29:04 on the clock. Matteson closed out the scoring 31 second later with her second of the game and team-leading 11th of the season.
PSC junior goalie Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) needed to make just one save to register the win. She has allowed only eight goals in 15 games this season. Angela Buffington and Carolyn Murphy combined for 10 saves for the Falcons.
Plymouth State, which is ranked #2 in the new NCAA New England West regional poll released Wednesday, concludes the regular season Saturday against Framingham State at Arold Field (2:00 p.m.). The Panthers have already clinched the LEC regular season title, a first-round bye in the LEC Tournament next Tuesday, and home-field advantage in the conference semifinals and championship next weekend (Nov. 8-9). Fitchburg State plays Saturday at Worcester State (11 a.m.).