Lasell upends Plymouth State Field Hockey in overtime

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Caitlyn Walker (Middlebury, Conn.) scored on a breakaway 11 minutes into the first overtime Thursday afternoon to give Lasell College a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

The Lasers came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to post their first win of the season (1-3) after three straight one-goal losses, including two in overtime. The Panthers (0-3) suffered the same fate, dropping their third consecutive one-goal affair, the last two in an extra session.

Plymouth State got on the board first, as junior Amanda Sherburne (Rumney, N.H.) scored her second goal of the season six minutes into the contest, with an assist from senior Rachel Kirschner (Burlington, Conn.). Lasell had more scoring opportunities in the first half, out-shooting the Panthers 10-3, but the home team maintained a 1-0 lead at the break.

Lasell came out strong in the second half, and knotted the score at 1-1 just a minute into play. Senior Katie Bryer (Dresden, Maine) got the goal, redirecting a ball off the stick of senior Krysten Macisso (Westbrook, Maine). Both teams had chances the rest of regulation, but the score remained tied 1-1, setting up Walker's game-winner.

PSU senior goalie Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) finished with 13 saves, including eight in the first half. Lasell senior Laura Gallagher (Westwood, Mass.) stopped seven Panther shots, including four in overtime.

The Panthers are back in action Saturday at home in the Little East Conference opener against UMass Dartmouth (3:00 p.m.). Lasell plays its home opener on Saturday against Wheaton College (1:00 p.m.)

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