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September 24, 2009

PSU Field Hockey edged by NEC

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Amanda Naimie (York, Maine) scored the game-winning goal on a penalty corner midway through the second half Thursday afternoon to lift New England College over Plymouth State University, 2-1, in non-conference field hockey action at Arold Field.

            The Panthers drop their second straight game at home and fall to 5-2 overall.  The Pilgrims captured their third straight victory and improve to 5-2 on the season.

            NEC got on the board less than four minutes into the game when junior Samantha Escobar (Rumney, N.H.) received a pass at the left post and dribbled around a Panther defender to score.  Plymouth State answered back 10 minutes later when senior Morgan Lemmon (Gilford, N.H) passed the ball into the box where classmate Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) finished the play for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.   

            The 1-1 tie continued into the second half when Naimie netted the game-winning goal for the Pilgrims from a penalty corner pass from senior Khatianna Evans (Wayne, Maine).  The Panthers turned up the pressure the last 10 minutes of the game, firing off six shots, but junior goalie Mary Roux (Auburn, Mass.) kept the Panthers off the board. PSU outshot NEC in the game. 21-11.

            Roux was outstanding in the Pilgrim goal, making a season-high 15 saves.  Sophomore Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) made seven saves for PSU.

            Plymouth State will host Little East Conference opponent Western Connecticut Saturday at 12:00 p.m.  New England College will continue its four-game road trip at Colby on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. 

By John Andersch, Student Assistant 

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