GORHAM, Maine - Freshman India Lowe (Gloucester, Mass.) scored two goals and passed out an assist Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 5-2 victory over the Plymouth State University Panthers in a Little East Conference field hockey game played under drizzly skies at the Paula Hodgdon Field.
The win was the third straight for the Huskies who improve to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Panthers dropped their second straight to fall to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the LEC.
The teams traded goals 28 seconds apart in the opening 2:14 before settling down to finish the first half tied 1-1. Freshman Morgan Lemmon (Gilford, N.H./Bishop Brady) put the Panthers on top with an unassisted goal at 1:46, and Lowe got the equalizer at 2:14 converting a pass from freshman Jennifer Gagnon (Manchester, N.H./Central).
Southern Maine took the lead for good early in the second half. Lowe set up Gagnon for her first collegiate goal at 39:03. Just over five minutes later, junior Samantha Johnson (Mexico, Maine/Mt. View) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Lemmon tallied her second goal of the game off an assist from senior Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) at 59:01 to pull the Panthers back within one.
The Huskies iced the decision with a pair of insurance goals in the final five minutes. Sophomore Brianna Thompson (Harrison, Maine/Oxford Hills) scored her first goal of the season at 65:08, and Lowe added her team-leading fifth goal at 66:58 with sophomore Caitlin Albert (Scarborough, Maine) picking up the assist.
USM freshman goalie Allie Hill (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was credited with 16 saves. Junior Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) had 10 saves for the Panthers. Both sides had 19 shots in the game and the Panthers enjoyed an 8-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Southern Maine looks to make it four in a row on Wednesday when it travels to Eastern Connecticut (4:00 p.m.) Plymouth State travels to in-state conference rival Keene State on Wednesday (6:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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