PSU Field Hockey pulls away from Eastern Conn.

Panthers improve to 8-1 with LEC win

            MANSFIELD, Conn. – Plymouth State University out-shot Eastern Connecticut State University, 40-2, Saturday afternoon, but needed a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to pull away to a 4-0 victory over the Warriors in Little East Conference field hockey action at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

            PSU dominated play but managed only one goal in the first half before making it 2-0 six minutes into the second half and tacking on two insurance goals in a span of three minutes inside the final seven minutes of play.  The Panthers have defeated Eastern 16 straight times. Plymouth State improves to 8-1 overall and  4-1 in the Little East, maintaining a share of second place in the conference. Eastern dips to 1-9 and 0-5.

            Junior Olivia Colborn finished with a goal (that made it 2-0 six minutes into the second half) and assist. Sophomore Jackie Morin, who entered the match sharing the team lead for points with Colborn, scored for PSU to make it 3-0 with seven minutes left.

            Freshman Nikki  Garvey put the Panthers ahead for good with just under 10 minutes gone when she took a pass from senior Christina Parisi, carried 20 yards past several Eastern defenders, and beat a diving goalie in a 1v1 situation. Colborn took a return pass at the left post after sending in a penalty corner to make it 2-0 six minutes into the second half and Morin scored from in close on a pass from sophomore Lauren Carroll after initially fanning on the shot. Carroll's fourth goal of the year rounded out the scoring with four minutes left when she re-directed Colborn's drive at the left post.

            Eastern senior goalkeeper Danielle Reichardt made eight of her 21 saves to keep the Warriors within a goal at halftime before the Panthers unloaded 24 shots in the second half, getting three past Reichardt.

            PSU is home Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., hosting the University of Southern Maine in an LEC match-up.  Eastern visits two-time defending LEC tournament champion Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information) 

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