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PSU Field Hockey blanks Worcester State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and sophomore Jenna Lace (Pascoag, R.I.) recorded two goals and one assist each, and sophomore goalie Leah Curtin (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded her first career shutout Tuesday afternoon as Plymouth State University blanked Worcester State College, 4-0, in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

Curtin finished with eight saves, including one on a penalty stroke, as she posted her fourth consecutive victory. PSU has won five straight games to improve to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play, while the Lancers drop to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the LEC.

The Panthers scored three times in the first eight minutes of the contest, including the first two just 18 seconds apart. Spadafora tallied the first goal less than four minutes in, with assists from Lace and senior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.), and 18 seconds later Silva set up Lace with the second goal. Lace added her second with 27:04 on the first half clock to give the hosts a three-goal lead.

WSC settled down and the two teams played evenly the rest of the half. The Lancers had several solid scoring opportunities in the second half but could not convert, despite outshooting the Panthers 8-4 after the break. A Worcester State shot at the six-minute mark of the second half clanged off the goalpost before a PSU defender cleared the ball off the goal line, and a penalty stroke taken by junior Jennifer Lyons (Norwood, Mass.) was stopped by Curtin with 15:20 remaining.

Spadafora finished off the scoring in the final minute with her second goal, with assists from junior Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.) and Silva, her third of the day.

PSU finished with a 15-11 advantage in shots for the game. WSC sophomore Nichole Gomes (Harwich, Mass.) finished with eight saves.

Plymouth State continues its three-game homestand Saturday with an LEC match-up against Salem State (12:30 p.m.) Worcester State is back in action Thursday with a non-conference affair at New England College (3:30 p.m.)

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