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October 29, 2011

PSU Field Hockey edges UMD in regular season finale

Garvey and Morin score two goals each for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Nikki Garvey and sophomore Jackie Morin scored two goals apiece Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University field hockey team edged the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 4-3, in the Little East Conference regular season finale at Arold Field.

            Each of Garvey's goals came in the first half shortly after the visiting Corsairs had taken the lead, and Morin's two came in the final eight minutes of the game, breaking a 2-2 tie.  The Panthers withstood a late Corsair goal that cut the margin to one, holding off the Corsair rally.

            PSU wraps up the regular season with a 15-2 overall record and a 10-1 mark in the Little East, while UMD is now 9-9 overall and 8-3 in the LEC.  Plymouth State will be the #2 seed and UMD the #3 seed in next week's conference tournament and both teams will be at home for Tuesday's first-round action.

            Sophomore Kayla Ribsam put the Corsairs on the board first, firing a rocket past the PSU keeper just four minutes into the game for her fourth goal of the season.  It took the Panthers just 44 seconds to score an equalizer, as Morin set up Garvey on a penalty corner for her seventh goal of the season at the 5:04 mark.

            The teams played the next 35 minutes with the score at 1-1 until UMD junior Eleanor Taylor knocked in a rebound for her team-leading 17th goal of the year early in the second half.  Once again, it took PSU only a minute and 21 seconds to retie the game as Garvey tallied her second of the game and eighth of the season, and the score was deadlocked at 2-2.

            Morin scored the go-ahead goal with just 7:29 remaining in the second half, and added an insurance goal four minutes later to make it 4-2.  Morin's second goal was assisted by senior Lauren Bergeron, giving Bergeron her 26th career assist, breaking the school standard of 25 held by Christina Farias from 2003-05.

            The Corsairs did not go down quietly, and got one goal back by junior Erica Allan with 1:15 remaining, but PSU held on for the win.

            PSU recognized its four seniors prior to the game; the seniors are Bergeron, defender Brittany Treichel and midfielders Christina Parisi and Erin Norris

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