Panthers stage second-half comeback
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit Saturday afternoon to pull out a 4-2 victory over Endicott College in the season opener for both schools at North Field.
The Panthers spoiled the Gulls' home opener by scoring three times within 10 minutes for the non-conference victory. PSU pulled even with 15 minutes remaining in the second half and added a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to win going away. Junior Olivia Colborn led the way for the winners with a goal and an assist.
Endicott freshman Emily Sawchuk opened the scoring just 1:16 into the action when she put a bouncing ball into the back of the Plymouth State goal. Junior Hannah Thornberg doubled the Gulls advantage when she finished a shot far post on the right side of the goal, collecting her third tally of the season. Thornberg's pass came from her classmate Melissa Enright, who picked up her first assist of the season.
The Panthers pushed back and finally broke through just three minutes after halftime on a goal by freshman Cailey Newton off of a penalty corner. Colborn drew the visitors level when she pounced on a rebound that deflected off of Endicott goalie Lizetta Solarik's pads.
Plymouth State took the lead for good just four minutes later through a goal by senior Lauren Bergeron, and any thoughts of an Endicott comeback were dashed when Gulls' forward Mackenzie Hurst was issued a yellow card with just 5:08 remaining in the game. The Panthers, up a player, added another goal by freshman Nikki Garvey to complete the comeback victory.
Junior Hilary Lemelin made three stops for the Panthers. Taylor Texeira started in goal and made seven stops in the first 46 minutes and sophomore Solarik came on and made five stops in 24 minutes.
Each team will play their next game on their home field. The Gulls will host Colby-Sawyer at 1:00 PM next Saturday afternoon, while Plymouth State will open up at home against Castleton on Wednesday.
(Courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)
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