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September 17, 2011

PSU Field Hockey comes back to down Worcester State

Morin and Colborn notch second-half goals for Panthers

            WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Jackie Morin and junior Olivia Colborn each notched second-half markers Saturday afternoon to help lead Plymouth State University to a 2-1 win over Worcester State University in Little East Conference field hockey action.

            The Panthers remain unbeaten at 5-0 (2-0 LEC) while Worcester State drops its first game of the season to fall to 4-1 (1-1 LEC).

            The Lancers started off the contest strong when senior Samantha Janda sent in her third marker of the season at the 7:43 mark.  The Panthers would regain the momentum by outshooting Worcester State, 4-2 and the visitors had four corner opportunities in the last 20 minutes of the stanza.

            Plymouth State finally broke into the scoring column early in the second half when Morin shot in a rebound to knot the game up 1-1 at 41:58. Colborn then added the game-clinching tally exactly eight minutes later when she shot in a pass from senior Christina Parisi.

            The Lancers pulled their goalkeeper in favor of the designated keeper for the final five minutes in an attempt to tie the score. They had a chance on a penalty corner, but junior Alison Valencia's stroke was rejected by junior Hilary Lemelin.

            There were three defensive saves in the contest. Sophomore Amanda Butler made a stop for the Panthers and WSU senior Lauren Daley had two, including one which came while the Lancers were without a goalie near the end of the game to keep it a one-possession contest.

            Lemelin finished with five saves for PSU while junior Rebecca Mullen turned aside six shots for Worcester State. Shots for both squads were even, 13-13, and Plymouth State led in corners, 10-4.

            The two teams are back at it next week when they do some traveling for their next contest. PSU visits Colby-Sawyer College on Monday at 4:00 p.m. for the make-up of last Thursday's rainout, and the Lancers will head to Becker Thursday for a 4 p.m. start. 

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