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Panther Field Hockey blanks Fitchburg State

 FITCHBURG, Mass. - The Plymouth State University field hockey team knocked off the first-place team in the Little East Conference Wednesday afternoon, upending Fitchburg State College, 3-0, in a key conference game.

            The two teams are now tied for second place in the LEC with 6-2 conference records.  PSU extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 10-3 overall, while Fitchburg State dropped to 9-5 overall.  Keene State leads the conference with a 6-1 LEC mark (8-6 overall).

            Senior Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.) and junior Morgan Butters (Stow, Maine) scored first-half goals for Plymouth State less than two minutes apart, giving the visitors a 2-0 halftime lead.  Sophomore Christina Farias (East Farias, Mass.) picked up an assist on the Butters goal.

            Junior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) continued her scoring spree in the second half, adding an insurance goal on a penalty stroke with 19 minutes remaining.  Silva has scored eight goals in her last three games, increasing her conference leading total to 19 goals.  Those 19 goals also represent the second-highest season total in Plymouth State history.  Only Terry Galley's 28-goal performance in 1981 is superior in the Plymouth State record book.

            Plymouth State had a 15-5 advantage in shots on goal.  Freshman Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) made four saves to record her second shutout of the season.  FSC junior goalie Christina Charron (Grafton, Mass.) stopped nine shots.

The Panthers return home for their final three games of the regular season, beginning Saturday against Worcester State (1:30 p.m.).  Fitchburg State is on the road Saturday, visiting Southern Maine (2:00 p.m.).

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