PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) recorded her fifth career hat trick Wednesday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University field hockey team to a 3-1 non-conference victory over Endicott College at Arold Field.
Silva, PSU's all-time scoring leader, broke a scoreless tie with her first of the afternoon midway through the first half, with an assist from sophomore Jenna Lace (Pascoag, R.I.) That stood as the only goal of the first half despite the Panthers' 9-2 advantage in shots.
Endicott evened the contest 10 minutes into the second half on a goal by sophomore Jennifer Rheaume (Blackstone, Mass.), but Silva scored what would turn out to be the game-winner 10 minutes later, with senior Katie Kovacs (Hampton, N.H.) assisting. Silva capped off the scoring with an insurance goal from junior Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) with 10:31 to play.
Silva now leads the team in scoring with seven goals and one assist in seven games. She increased her career record totals to 54 goals and 125 points.
PSU finished with a 17-7 margin in shots and a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Sophomore goalie Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) needed to make only two saves to earn the victory, while Endicott junior Erin Curry (Mansfield, Mass.) finished with 12 saves.
PSU, which improved to 4-3 after stopping a two-game losing skid, is home again on Saturday against Little East Conference foe Southern Maine (12:30 p.m.) Endicott, also 4-3, visits Saint Joseph's College (Maine) on Saturday for a Commonwealth Coast Conference match-up (1:00 p.m.)
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