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PSU Field Hockey defeats Worcester State in ECAC Tourney


- Junior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) scored a pair of goals Wednesday afternoon at Arold Field to lead top-seeded Plymouth State University to a 4-1 victory over eighth-seeded Worcester State College in the first round of the 2004 ECAC New England Division III Field Hockey Tournament.

            The Panthers improve to 16-4 overall, and advance to the semifinal round this Saturday at Arold Field (12:00 p.m.). PSU will face the winner of Wednesday night's first-round game between fourth-seeded Babson and fifth-seeded Western New England.  Worcester State, which also lost to PSU during the regular season and in last week's Little East Conference Tournament, finishes the season at 11-8.

            The Panthers put four goals on the board in the first half to take a commanding 4-0 lead before coasting home with the win.  The Lancers made a strong effort, and shots on goal were even at 12-12, but PSU never allowed WSC back into the game.

            Sophomore Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.) put the Panthers on the board just 3:30 into the contest, knocking in a rebound.  Silva scored the next two goals on deflections, knocking in a pass from senior Caitlin Moran (Rowley, Mass.) with 27:33 on the clock and from sophomore Christina Farias (East Dennis, Mass.) with 8:25 to play.  Senior Amanda Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) finished off the Panther rally with 1:03 left, with Moran picking up her second assist.

            Silva now leads the team with 24 goals, the second-most in school history for a single season, and Moran has a school-record 14 assists this season.

            Worcester State broke the shutout with 6:43 remaining in the second half when leading scorer Andrea McAllister (Leominster, Mass.) tallied her 15th goal of the season.

            PSU freshman goalie Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) recorded eight saves for the Panthers, and freshman Nichole Gomes (Harwich, Mass.) made seven stops for WSC.

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