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November 15, 2009

PSU smothers WPI in ECAC Field Hockey semifinals

        (Box Score)

            BIDDEFORD, Maine - Eighth-seeded Plymouth State University limited fourth-seeded WPI to just three shots and zero penalty corners on its way to a 3-0 shutout in a semifinal round game of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Championship Sunday afternoon at the University of New England.

            The Panthers (12-8) will play the host and second-seeded Nor'easters in Monday's final scheduled for 6 p.m. The Engineers end their season at 12-7.  UNE advanced to the final with a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over sixth-seeded Endicott College.

            Despite controlling play from the outset, Plymouth State was unable to break into the scoring column until 20:49 had elapsed. Senior Morgan Lemmon (Gilford, N.H.) poked home a shot by classmate Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) to give the Panthers a 1-0 advantage.

Sophomore Christina Parisi in action against WPI.             The Panthers added to their lead with 25 seconds remaining in the first frame when freshman Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, N.H.) lifted a high shot into the right side of the cage. Senior Melinda Rozumek (Salem, N.H.) was credited with an assist on the play.

            Smith tipped in a shot by senior Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) with 1:37 left in the contest to make the final margin 3-0.

            Plymouth State forged a 25-3 cushion in shots in the game and led 24-0 in penalty corners.

            First-year goalie Hannah Sawyer (Kingston, N.H.) made two saves to earn the win, while WPI senior Allie Griffin (Billerica, Mass.) recorded 13 stops. 

(Photo and story courtesy of Univ. of New England Sports Information)

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