PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University scored four goals in the second half to turn a tight game into a rout Wednesday afternoon, as the Panthers defeated Keene State College 5-1 in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.
Senior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) and junior Christina Farias (East Dennis, Mass.) combined on three of the goals to lead the Panthers. PSU stopped a three-game losing streak to the defending LEC champions, improving to 6-3 overall this season and 3-1 in conference play. The Owls have alternated wins and losses in their last six outings and are now 4-6 overall and 3-2 in the LEC.
Keene State had the first opportunity to score, but a penalty stroke eight minutes into the game by freshman Alyssa Rowell (Queensbury, N.Y.) was stopped by PSU sophomore keeper Leah Curtin (Londonderry, N.H.) The Panthers were awarded a penalty stroke of their own eight minutes later, and junior Laurie Allinson (Berwick, Maine) stepped up and scored to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Freshman Erin Ridgley (Amesbury, Mass.) tied things up for Keene State with 11:29 on the clock, and the teams went into the half at 1-1.
The second half was all Panthers. Silva converted the eventual game-winner eight minutes in, with assists from Farias and sophomore Heidi Hand (Portsmouth, N.H.) Five minutes later, Farias finished off a penalty corner taken by Silva, and junior Heather Corrigan (West Hartford, Conn.) made it 4-1 with her first career goal with 17:37 on the clock. Silva added the final goal, with an assist from Farias, with 10:28 remaining.
Curtin recorded seven saves to post her second straight win. The Panthers also had a strong team defensive effort, led by Allinson, sophomore Katie Barany (Middlesex, Vt.), and seniors Kara Parent (Hampton, N.H.) and Morgan Butters (Stow, Maine). Keene State goalie Sara Joyce (Hampstead, N.H.) made nine saves before departing with 10 minutes remaining.
PSU returns to action Saturday with an LEC contest at Western Connecticut (9:00 a.m.), a first-year program. The Owls return home to host Eastern Connecticut in a conference match-up (1:30 p.m.)
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