By Eli Brewer
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) recorded a goal and two assists Tuesday afternoon to lift the Plymouth State University field hockey team to a 3-1 non-conference victory over New England College at Arold Field.
The Panthers won their sixth straight game and improved to 12-3 overall. NEC had its three-game winning streak stopped and fell to 11-4 on the season.
Sophomore Brittney Vogrin (Toronto, Ont.) started off the scoring for NEC with 19 minutes left in the first half with her team-leading 18th goal of the season. Plymouth State would answer with just under seven minutes to go in the half with a goal by junior Morgan Butters (Stow, Maine), assisted by Silva.
The Panthers came out fast in the second half, scoring two goals less than a minute apart in the first 10 minutes of play. Sophomore Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.) tallied the first one at 29:14, with Silva picking up another assist, and then Silva notched her team-leading 20th of the season, off of an assist from sophomore Christina Farias (East Dennis, Mass.) with 28:36 on the clock.
The defense played tough for both teams down the stretch. Sophomore goalie Jacqui Parker (Keene, N.H.) recorded 17 saves for NEC, with senior defenseman Lindsey Inman (Webster, N.H.) recording three defensive saves. PSU goalkeeper Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) recorded nine stops on the day.
Plymouth State will host Framingham State Saturday in the last game of the regular season in a vital Little East Conference contest (12:30 p.m.). NEC heads into the first round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs Saturday, facing the University of New England (1:00 p.m.)
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