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Smith leads PSU Field Hockey past Fitchburg State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) scored two goals Wednesday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 3-1 victory over Fitchburg State College in Little East Conference field hockey action at Arold Field.

The Panthers stopped a four-game losing streak with the victory and improved to 5-8 overall and 3-6 in the LEC. Fitchburg State dropped its third straight LEC contest and fell to 6-6 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

Smith notched her first goal nine minutes into the game, knocking in a rebound to give the Panthers an early lead. With time winding down on the first-half clock, Smith redirected a pass from senior Melanie Bates (Derry, N.H.) to put PSU up 2-0 at the break. Smith now has three goals on the season.

Sophomore Amanda Sherburne (Rumney, N.H./Plymouth Reg.) came off the bench to extend PSU's lead to 3-0 early in the second half with her second goal of the season. Fitchburg State broke the shutout bid with 15 minutes remaining, when sophomore Heather DeTerlizzi (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored off a nice pass from senior Sarah Proctor (Lunenburg, Mass.)

The hosts finished with a 9-4 advantage in shots. Fitchburg State junior goalie Emily Creen (Worcester, Mass.) finished with six saves, while PSU junior Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) made three stops to register the victory.

PSU plays another key LEC contest Saturday at home against Eastern Connecticut (12:00 p.m.). Fitchburg State returns home to host Bridgewater State on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

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