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Keene State upsets Plymouth State in field hockey


-  Freshman Amy Dubois (Jefferson, N.H.) scored two goals, including the game-winner with five minutes remaining Saturday afternoon, as Keene State College upset Plymouth State University, 3-2, in a key Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

            The Owls, who snapped a four-game losing streak during which they were held scoreless, improve to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the LEC.  Keene State won the LEC regular season title last year with a 10-0 mark.  The loss stops a three-game winning streak for PSU, dropping the Panthers to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.  Plymouth State was the preseason favorite to win the LEC.

            PSU took an early 1-0 lead in the first half on junior Lilly Silva's (Lowell, Mass.) team-leading 10th goal of the season, assisted by senior Caitlin Moran (Rowley, Mass.).  KSC answered with Dubois' first goal midway through the half, and the score at the break was tied at 1-1.

            Keene State came out strong after the half and took the lead on a goal by sophomore Amanda Rosenbeck (Wilder, VT.), assisted by freshman Marrissa Boccaccio (West Hartford, Conn.). The intensity increased as Plymouth State tied it up on an unassisted goal by junior Katie Kovacs (Hampton, N.H.) with 12:24 left in the second half.

             After a back-and-forth exchange, Dubois added her second of the game with only 5:05 left, and the Owls held on for the win.

            The slim advantage in shots on goal went to Plymouth State, 16-14.  Sophomore Sarah Joyce (Hampstead, N.H.) made 12 stops for KSU in the game, and freshman goalkeeper Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) recorded seven saves for PSU.

            Plymouth State plays again Wednesday at Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.), while Keene State heads to Fitchburgh State on Monday (4:00 p.m.).

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