WATERVILLE, Maine - Senior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) scored three goals Sunday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University field hockey team to a 5-1 non-conference road victory over Thomas College.
Senior Morgan Lemmon (Gilford, N.H./Bishop Brady) added a goal and an assist for the Panthers, and classmate Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H./Sanborn Regional) also found the net for the visitors. The Panthers got back on the winning track, improving to 5-1 on the season, while the Terriers dropped their fourth in a row and fell to 1-4.
Smith (right) opened the scoring for PSU midway through the first half with her first of the game. Lemmon and Romano tallied consecutive goals two minutes apart to extend the Panther lead to 3-1 with nine minutes left in the half. Thomas got on the board just 2:38 before the break on a goal by junior Ali Kriegel (Winslow, Maine).
Smith finished off her third career hat trick with a pair of second-half goals, coming with 18:30 and 16:00 on the clock. PSU finished with a 21-7 advantage in shots and a 13-3 margin in penalty corners.
Sophomore goalkeeper Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) earned the victory in goal, making two saves in her 54 minutes. Freshman Hannah Sawyer (Kingston, N.H./Sanborn Regional) came on for the final 16 minutes and made one stop.
PSU plays a pair of home games this week at Arold Field, hosting New England College in a non-conference encounter on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) and Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference affair on Saturday (12 noon).
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