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September 16, 2006

Spadafora leads PSU Field Hockey past Westfield State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals less than six minutes apart Saturday afternoon, helping Plymouth State University come from behind to defeat Westfield State College, 2-1, in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

The win gave PSU a little payback from last season, when Westfield State upset the Panthers in the regular season and the LEC Tournament semifinals. Both teams are now 3-1 overall this season and 1-1 in conference play.

Both squads had opportunities to score in the first half, but the two goalkeepers, PSU junior Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) and WSC senior Cat Hanks (Somers, Conn.), kept zeroes on the scoreboard. The Owls finally broke through 10 minutes into the second half when junior Megan Wolski (Plymouth, Mass.) knocked one past Randall, with an assist from senior Shanna Litterst (Falmouth, Mass.)

PSU started its comeback following a timeout with 19 minutes left on the clock. Spadafora converted a 2-on-1 with senior Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.) with 18:46 remaining to tie the game at 1-1, and Spadafora and Bates connected again with 13:17 remaining for the eventual game-winner. Both teams had chances in the final 10 minutes but neither could score.

The Panthers finished with an 18-8 advantage in shots, while both teams recorded eight penalty corners. Randall ended up with eight saves for PSU, and Hanks, the 2005 LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, made 15 saves for the Owls.

PSU plays its next three games on the road, beginning Wednesday with a non-conference match-up at Endicott (4:00 p.m.) WSC plays again Tuesday at Trinity (7:00 p.m.)

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