Panthers fall to Bears in dramatic overtime affair
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior Breanna Clement (Pittsfield, Mass.) tallied the game-winning goal six minutes into overtime Friday evening to lead the second-seeded Bridgewater State University Bears to a dramatic 2-1 victory over third-seeded Plymouth State University in the semifinals of the Little East Conference Field Hockey Tournament at Swenson Field.
The Bears (11-7) advance to the Little East championship game on Sunday at noon against number one seed and host UMass Dartmouth. Bridgewater will be making the program's first appearance in the conference tournament final. Plymouth State (12-7) will play in the ECAC New England Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Clement notched the game-winner with 9:09 left in the first overtime period. Sophomore Shelby Farland (Fiskdale, Mass.) started the play with a long feed to an open Nicole Henrique (Swansea, Mass.) to the left of the circle. Henrique slid a pass to Clement in front of the net who beat the Plymouth keeper to the bottom left side.
Just two minutes before Clement's dramatic goal, senior goaltender Katie Weber (Arlington, Mass.) made a game-saving stop on a penalty stroke attempt by PSU junior Lauren Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H.).
The Panthers in fact were unable to convert on two penalty strokes as junior Erin Norris (Hilton, N.Y.) missed wide left with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation with PSU leading 1-0.
Bridgewater tied the game as sophomore Megan Cullinane (Lunenburg, Mass.) converted a fast break opportunity for the Bears as she knocked in a cross from Clement with 4:11 left in regulation.
Plymouth State played a stifling defense and dominated play up until Cullinane's game-tying goal. The Panthers held a 26-8 shot advantage for the contest as well as a 19-3 edge in penalty corners.
PSU got on the board early as freshman Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) scored off a feed from senior Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) just 1:44 into the game.
Weber was brilliant between the pipes for the Bears as she turned
aside 13 shots to post her 11th win of the season. Sophomore
Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made four saves in
goal for the Panthers.
(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)
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