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PSU Field Hockey blanks Salem State

By John Andersch, Student Assistant

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University Panthers shut out the Vikings of Salem State College Saturday afternoon, 5-0, as five different players recorded a goal in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

            The Panthers scored three first-half goals en route to the win over the Vikings (1-1).  Plymouth State (1-2) added two more goals in the second half to complete the shutout.  PSU grabbed its first win of the season in its home opener and handed the Vikings their first loss. 

            PSU freshman goalie Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) made one save in each half as she recorded her first career shutout.

            Junior Sammi Ramano (Kingston, N.H.) scored first midway through the first half, with an assist from senior Ashley Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) to give Plymouth State a 1-0 lead.  Then freshman Kaleigh Chase (Wells, Maine) and junior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) added a goal each before the first half ended to make it a 3-0 game at the break.

            The Panthers continued to dominate in the second half, as Gutowski tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the season and sophomore Courtney McLaughlin (Bellington, Mass.) scored the fifth and final goal.

            PSU is back in action this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. with a non-conference game at Lasell College.  Salem State plays Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at home against Becker College. 

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