WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal seven minutes, 48 seconds into sudden death overtime Friday night, lifting Plymouth State University to a 2-1 win over Worcester State College in a Little East Conference field hockey game on the rainy Coughlin Field turf.
Plymouth State outshot the home team 30-7 but needed a goal by senior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) with 7:48 left in regulation and the game-winner by D'Ambroise to pull out the victory. PSU improves to 9-5 overall and 5-5 in the Little East, while the upset-minded Lancers drop to 3-14 and 0-10.
The Panthers had a 10-5 advantage in shots in the first half, but the Lancers got the only goal at 10:37 when sophomore Sarah Cozzens (Lancaster, Mass.) took a cross from the middle of the striking circle from senior Lesley Hill (Raynham, Mass.).
PSU kept up the pressure in the next 35 minutes, out-shooting their opponent by a 16-1 count and finally tying it on Smith's sixth of the season at 62:12. The Panthers outshot the Lancers 4-1 in the overtime, including D'Ambroise's game-winner, her team-leading 10th goal of the year and fourth-game winner.
PSU sophomore keeper Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) made four saves to earn the victory and her counterpart, sophomore Katherine Masterjohn (Warren, Mass.) finished with 12 saves in the Lancer goal. PSU senior defender Lindsey Hiltz (Manchester, N.H.) also made a key defensive save early on to keep Worcester State off the board.
The Lancers will entertain Nichols in a 7:00 p.m. contest on Wednesday while Plymouth State ventures to Springfield for a 6 o'clock non-conference matchup on Thursday. PSU will play its final regular season game next Saturday, Oct. 31, on Senior Day at Arold Field, as the Panthers host Bridgewater State.
(Courtesy of Worcester State Sports Information)
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