PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) scored the only goal of the game late in the first half, and Plymouth State University went on to defeat Western Connecticut State University, 1-0, in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.
The Panthers won their second straight LEC game to improve to 2-1 in conference play and 2-4 overall. All six PSU games have been decided by one goal, including three in overtime. WestConn dropped its fourth in a row and fell to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the LEC.
With time winding down in the first half, D'Ambroise poked a loose ball out of reach of the goalie, then drove the ball into the back of the net with just 1:21 showing on the first half clock. It was her second goal of the season, both game-winners.
Plymouth State finished with a 16-10 advantage in shots, including 7-3 in the first half. WestConn battled hard in the second half and had several opportunities, but couldn't push one across.
Senior goalie Leah Curtin (Londonderry, N.H.) made nine saves for PSU in her first start of the season, recording her fourth career shutout. Freshman Christina Natale (Farmington, Conn.) finished with 13 saves for the Colonials.
After playing its last four games at home, PSU hits the road for its next three, beginning Wednesday at Framingham State (4:00 p.m.) WestConn visits instate rival Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday (4:30 p.m.)
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