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PSU Field Hockey gets past Southern Maine

Panthers continue with balanced attack

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University used a balanced offensive attack and a stifling defense Wednesday afternoon to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 4-1, in Little East Conference field hockey action at Arold Field.

            PSU out-shot the visitors by an 18-3 count and led in the penalty corner department, 25-2.  The Panthers scored twice in the first half and extended the lead to 3-0 early in the second half before the teams traded goals midway through the frame to close out the scoring. Plymouth State improved to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in Little East games, while USM dropped to 6-7 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

            It was a busy day for USM sophomore goalie Kayla Kennedy, who kept the Huskies in the game with a 10-save effort.

            PSU got on the board at the 19-minute mark of the first half.  USM freshman defender Eryn Nelson made a defensive save along the Husky goal line, but PSU sophomore Lauren Carroll pounced on the rebound and knocked in fifth goal of the season.  Freshman Nikki Garvey followed with her fifth of the season less than three minutes later, redirecting a pass on the left side from senior Christina Parisi to make it a 2-0 PSU lead at the half.

            Southern Maine came out with some extra energy to start the second half, but PSU sophomore Jackie Morin swung the tide in the Panthers' favor on a penalty corner at the 49-minute mark with her seventh goal of the season.  USM junior Rachel Trafton broke through for the visitors less than a minute later, knocking in a rebound with about 20 minutes remaining.

            Senior Erin Norris closed out the scoring for PSU with 10 minutes to play, taking a diagonal pass from classmate senior Lauren Bergeron and finishing her fifth of the season.

            Plymouth State is home again on Saturday, hosting Fitchburg State at 12 noon in another LEC match-up.  Southern Maine returns home to entertain the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 2:30 p.m. in a conference affair. 

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