BEVERLY, Mass. - In a rematch of the 2008 ECAC New England Championship game, the Plymouth State University field hockey team exacted some revenge Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 win over Endicott College in the season opener for both schools.
The Panthers outshot the Gulls by a 31-7 clip and also held the edge in corners, 17-3. Four different players scored for PSU, with senior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) tallying a goal and an assist.
Plymouth State came right out of the gates looking to dominate on the offensive half as the Panthers took an early 1-0 lead on a Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) goal off a pass from Betsy Renauld (Penacook, N.H.). The Gulls responded nearly eight minutes later when Lauren Atkinson (Southbury, Conn.) took the ball all the way from midfield and tied the game up 1-1.
The Gulls took their first lead early in the second half when senior Megan McBride (Saugus, Mass.) raced out in front of the defense on a fast break chance while Joanne Reid (Clarksville, Md.) fed her a pass that McBride deposited into the right part of the net. The lead would be short-lived as Plymouth State sophomore Lauren Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H.) made a nifty move in the circle on a corner and tied the game with her first goal of the season at 54:57.
The game seemed destined for an extra frame until Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) put the Panthers ahead for good with the eventual game-winner at the 63:27 mark, on a cross inside the circle from Smith. Smith added an insurance goal five minutes later as the Panthers avenged a 1-0 loss from a year ago in the 2008 ECAC Championship.
PSU sophomore Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) picked up the win by making three saves. Endicott's Taylor Teixeira (Exeter, N.H.) suffered the setback in her collegiate debut despite making an impressive 14 saves.
The Gulls return to action on Wednesday when they host UMaine-Farmington at 4:00 p.m. Plymouth State returns home to host Castleton State Wednesday in the home opener at Panther Field (4:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)
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