BEVERLY, Mass. - Junior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) scored two goals and senior Caitlin Moran (Rowley, Mass.) collected three assists Wednesday afternoon, leading the Plymouth State University field hockey team to a 6-3 victory over Endicott College in a non-conference match-up at Tupper Field.
Plymouth State led 5-0 at halftime before cruising home with the victory. The Panthers recorded their third straight win and improved to 5-1 overall, while Endicott dropped to 3-4.
Silva put the Panthers on the board with a goal less than four minutes into the contest, with junior Katie Kovacs (Hampton, N.H.) registering an assist. Sophomore Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.), Kovach, and freshman Katie Barany (Middlesex, Vt.) went on a scoring spree, giving PSU three more goals in an 11-minute span, with Moran assisting on the Bates and Barany goals. Moran added her third assist on a goal by junior Mel Dixon (Mattapoisett, Mass.) with 1:44 left in the half that put the Panthers up by five at the break.
Sophomore Caitlin Murray (Templeton, Mass.) helped Endicott mount a comeback, scoring two unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Senior Jen McCormack (Milton, Mass.) cut PSU's lead to 5-3 with a goal with 10:41 remaining, but Silva added an insurance marker for the visitors, her second on the game and team-leading ninth of the season, with seven minutes to play.
PSU finished with a 13-11 advantage in shots on goal. Both goalies, Panther freshman Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Endicott sophomore Erin Curry (Hampstead, N.H.), finished with five saves.
Plymouth State returns home to host arch-rival Keene State College Saturday in a Little East Conference game at Arold Field (12:30 p.m.). Keene State was the LEC regular season champion last season with a 10-0 record. Endicott hosts the University of New England Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
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