PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Megan Wolski (Plymouth, Mass.) registered a goal and two assists Friday afternoon to lead fourth-seeded Westfield State College to a 3-1 upset victory over top-seeded Plymouth State University in the semifinals of the Little East Conference Field Hockey Tournament at PSU's Arold Field.
Westfield State moves on to Saturday's championship game, where they will face second-seeded Keene State. KSC edged sixth-seeded UMass Dartmouth in Friday's second semifinal. WSC, now 10-8, will be making its first appearance in the LEC title game.
Senior goalkeeper Cat Hanks (Somers, Conn.) was also a key for Westfield State. She made 16 saves, including 11 in the first half when PSU outshot the visitors, 12-6.
Freshman Kara Guittarr (Dedham, Mass.) put the Owls on the board first, nicely redirecting a diagonal pass from Wolski less than six minutes into the game. PSU put pressure on the Westfield State goal for much of the half but could not get one past Hanks.
Junior Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) evened the game for Plymouth State 10 minutes into the second half, knocking in a crossing pass from senior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.)
The momentum PSU got from Spadafora's goal was stopped just three minutes later when Wolski, the LEC's leading scorer, gave the Owls the lead back. Junior Kate Anderson (Georgetown, Mass.) took a free hit from the right sideline, and Wolski one-timed the ball out of midair and into the net for her 19th goal of the season.
With PSU pressing late in the half, Westfield countered with a fast break, as sophomore Carolyn Insigne (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) finished off the play and Wolski picked up an assist with 12:43 remaining.
Wolski set a WSC school record for a assists in a season with 12. Her 50 points this season (19 goals, 12 assists) is four points shy of the school record for points in a season.
PSU had a 19-11 shot advantage for the game, while Westfield State had more penalty corners, 8-7. PSU sophomore goalie Leah Curtin (Londonderry, N.H.) finished with eight saves.
Plymouth State, which has made either the NCAA or ECAC Tournament the past five seasons, hopes for an ECAC berth when the tournament field is announced Monday.
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