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November 1, 2008

Late goal lifts PSU Field Hockey past Bridgewater State

            BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Junior forward Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) scored the only goal of the game with no time remaining in regulation Saturday afternoon to lift the Plymouth State University field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Little East Conference rival Bridgewater State College in the regular season finale for both teams.

            The goal by D'Ambroise was scored off a penalty corner as play continued despite no time being on the clock.  Senior midfielder Ashley Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) was credited with the assist on the game-winning goal. Play continues in field hockey after time expires on a penalty corner until either a goal is scored or the defense is able to get the ball outside the halo.

            Plymouth State, winners of six straight games, will be seeded second in next week's LEC Tournament as the Panthers improved to 11-6 overall and 8-3 in conference play. Bridgewater State still managed to secure the final spot in the tournament, which gets underway on Tuesday.  The eighth-seeded Bears (7-10, 5-6 LEC) will take on top-seed Keene State College, while PSU will host seventh-seeded Worcester State.

            PSU freshman goaltender Elysa Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) turned aside 13 shots to record her sixth shutout of the season.  Bridgewater State sophomore Katie Weber (Arlington, Mass.) made seven saves in goal for the Bears.

            Bridgewater held a 15-11 advantage in shots for the game, while Plymouth had the edge in penalty corners, 8-5.  Each team registered a defensive save with Plymouth State junior Melinda Rozumek (Salem, NH) picking up her fifth of the season and BSC junior Kelly Downs (Hanover, MA) notching her fourth.           

(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information) 

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