PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) scored her first two goals of the season and assisted on another Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 5-0, in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.
The Panthers out shot the visitors 24-4, and the PSU defense posted its fifth shutout in the last six games. Plymouth State improves to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while Eastern Conn. drops to 2-7 and 1-4. PSU trails Keene State by one-half game in the LEC standings.
Senior Ashley Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) put the Panthers on the board less than 13 minutes into the game with her sixth goal of the season. D'Ambroise and junior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) then scored goals 20 seconds apart with just over 11 minutes left in the first half and PSU had a 3-0 lead at intermission.
D'Ambroise added her second goal of the game midway through the second half to make it 4-0, and sophomore Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) rounded out the scoring with her second of the year with less than four minutes remaining.
Freshman Sam Reuss (Chapel Hill, N.C.) made her first career start in the Panther goal, and made two second-half saves to post her first shutout. Junior Tia Mucciarone (Franklin, Mass.) had a busy afternoon in the Eastern goal and finished with 13 saves.
PSU is home again Tuesday for a big game against LEC-leading Keene State (4:00 p.m.), while Eastern visits Fitchburg State on Tuesday for a conference match-up (4:00 p.m.)
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