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September 26, 2009

PSU Field Hockey downs Western Connecticut

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) scored two goals Saturday afternoon to boost Plymouth State University past Western Connecticut State University, 4-1, in Little East Conference field hockey action at Arold Field.

            The Panthers pick up their second conference win of the season (2-1) and improve to 6-2 overall.  The Colonials remain winless in conference play (0-3) and fall to 2-7 overall.

             After only two shots total for both teams in the first 20 minutes of the game, Plymouth State scored first.  Senior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) took a shot and Conroy deflected it past the Colonial goal keeper, and the Panthers took the 1-0 advantage into the second half.

            The Panthers were on the board again 10 minutes into the second half when senior Cortney Colligan (Brookfield, N.H) fired a shot into the goal from the top of the circle off a penalty corner pass from teamamte Lauren Plummer (Monument Beach, Mass.)

            WestConn cut the Panther lead to one midway through the second half when freshman Deanne Mastrocola (Goshen, Conn.) let off a shot that was blocked by a Panther defender and fellow freshman Valerie Lupo (New Fairfield, Conn.) knocked the deflection passed the PSU goalie.  Three minutes later Conroy recorded her second goal of the day on a long pass from sophomore Erin Norris (Hilton, N.Y.).  Senior Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H.) scored in the final minutes to increase the Panther lead to three.

            Sophomore Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) made two saves in the PSU net.  Freshman Heather Stone (Valhalla, N.Y.) stopped 11 shots for the Colonials.  PSU finished with a 20-6 advantage in shots.

            Plymouth State will be at LEC opponent Framingham State Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.  WestConn will travel to Eastern Connecticut to play under the lights Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

By John Andersch, Student Assistant 

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