MANSFIELD, Conn. - Seniors Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) and Katie Kovacs (Hampton, N.H.) scored two goals apiece Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 5-2, in a Little East Conference field hockey game.
The Panthers extended their winning streak to nine games, improving to 12-3 overall. PSU also captured at least a share of the LEC regular season title, improving its LEC mark to 9-1. Eastern drops to 4-11 overall and 3-6 in the LEC.
Junior Laurie Allinson (Berwick, Maine) staked Plymouth State to a 1-0 lead with a goal on a penalty stroke nine minutes into the first half. It was Allinson's fourth of the season, all coming on strokes. Silva scored her first of the game less than five minutes later to put the visitors up, 2-0.
Freshman Summer Spellman (Wethersfield, Conn.) scored the only Eastern goal of the half, the first of her career, to cut the margin to 2-1 by halftime.
Kovacs extended PSU's lead to 3-1 six minutes into the second half, assisted by junior Christina Farias (East Dennis, Mass.), and Kovacs scored again seven minutes later.
The Warriors responded with an unassisted goal by freshman Jaime Seligmann (Sherman, Conn.), her second goal of the season. Silva rounded out the scoring for PSU with her LEC-leading 17th of the season.
PSU finished with a 25-11 advantage in shots.
The Panthers play a non-conference game Tuesday at New England College (3:00 p.m.) before wrapping up the regular season at home next Saturday against Framingham State (12:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)
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