CASTLETON, Vt. - Trishia Fellows scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to propel Castleton State College to a 4-3 overtime win over visiting Plymouth State University in non-conference field hockey action.
Plymouth State opened the scoring 9:43 into the game when senior Ashley Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) knocked home a pass from junior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) Gutowski made it 2-0 less than seven minutes later when junior Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) sent a cross in front of the cage, and Gutowski one-timed it in for her third goal of the season. The Panthers clung to the 2-0 lead at halftime, thanks in large part to four saves by freshman goalie Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.)
The Spartans opened the second half on the attack, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead. Carolyn Griggs broke the ice two minutes in, scoring her second goal of the season off a Sarah Flore assist. Griggs later set up Marie Amaral's first goal of the season to tie the score, on a nifty pass that eluded Sedgley and made its way to Amaral's waiting stick. With 13 minutes remaining Fellows tallied the go-ahead goal on a cross from Amaral.
The lead was short-lived, however, as sophomore Courtney McLaughlin (Bellingham, Mass.) forced overtime with her first goal of the season just two minutes later. Castleton goalie, Trisha Clark made a sprawling save on a Gutowski shot, but could not get to her feet in time to stop McLaughlin's rebound.
In the 81st minute of action, Griggs blasted a shot to the right of the goal that was redirected by Fellows just past the diving Sedgley. For Felllows, it was her third game-winning goal, and fifth overall on the season.
The evenly matched game finished with Plymouth State holding a slight 20-17 edge in shots, while Castleton took 12 penalty corners compared to 11 for the Panthers. Clark stopped nine shots for the 3-2 Spartans, while Sedgley turned away 10 as Plymouth State falls to 0-2.
Castleton is back in action on Sunday when the Spartans host North Atlantic Conference foe Husson University in a non-conference match-up. Plymouth State will take on Salem State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. as the Panthers open their Little East Conference schedule.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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