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PSU Field Hockey blanks Springfield

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) scored two goals Thursday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 3-0 win over Springfield College in a non-conference field hockey game at chilly Arold Field.

            Sophomore Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) added a goal and an assist for the Panthers, and freshman goalkeeper Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) earned her fifth shutout of the season.  PSU captured its fifth straight win to improve to 10-6 overall, while Springfield wrapped up its regular season with a 12-6 mark.

            Smith scored the only goal of the first half for the Panthers, converting a penalty corner from Conroy midway through the stanza. It remained a 1-0 game until Smith added her second of the game and team-leading 16th of the season with a nice redirect of a cross from freshman Lauren Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H.) with seven minutes remaining in the second half.  Bergeron set up Conroy with an insurance goal four minutes later to seal the win for the home team.

            Both freshman goalkeepers, Sedgley and Springfield's Alison McCarthy (North Andover, Mass.) made some outstanding saves and finished with identical statistics - 16 saves overall with 10 coming in the first half.

            Also contributing to the shutout was PSU's defensive line of juniors Cortney Colligan (Brookfield, N.H.), Melinda Rozumek (Salem, N.H.) and Lindsey Hiltz (Manchester, N.H./West) and freshman Brittany Treichel (Clinton, Conn.)

            PSU wraps up its regular season this Saturday with a key Little East Conference contest at Bridgewater State (2:00 p.m.)  Springfield returns home to host a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference quarterfinal play-off game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against MIT.

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