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Plymouth State Field Hockey downs Thomas

             PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University exploded for eight goals Sunday afternoon to post an 8-2 victory over Thomas College in a non-conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

            The output was the most PSU goals in a game since the Panthers recorded eight goals in consecutive victories over Eastern Connecticut and Fitchburg State back in October of 2004.  The win was Plymouth State's second in a row on the weekend, improving the Panthers to 7-6 overall.  Thomas, which also lost at Castleton State on Saturday, dropped to 3-11.

            Junior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) led the scoring parade for PSU with a pair of goals, while six other Panthers tallied one each.   Senior Ashley Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) contributed a goal and two assists, sophomore Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) added a goal and an assist, and juniors Morgan Lemmon (Gilford, N.H.) and Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.), sophomore Courtney McLaughlin (Bellingham, Mass.) and freshman Christina Parisi (Hampton Falls, N.H.) chipped in with one goal each.  Freshman Lauren Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H.) also collected three assists.

            The Terriers got unassisted goals, one in each half, from freshmen Christina Allaire (North Berwick, Maine) and Kristin Masessa (Montville, Maine).

            PSU finished with a 29-9 advantage in shots, and a 22-2 margin in penalty corners.  Sophomore Meg Denby (Copiague, N.Y.) had a busy day in the Thomas goal, finishing with 12 saves, while PSU freshman keeper Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) made five saves.

            PSU resumes Little East Conference play on Wednesday with a visit to the University of Southern Maine for a 3:30 p.m. contest.  Thomas wraps up the regular season Wednesday at home with a North Atlantic Conference match-up against UMaine Farmington (3:30 p.m.)

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