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Field Hockey blanks Eastern Connecticut

Second-half goals propel Panthers to LEC win

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University scored a pair of second-half goals on penalty corners Saturday afternoon en route to a 2-0 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

            The Panthers out-shot the Warriors 9-2 in the game, but didn't score until the 56th minute of play.  Sophomore Emily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) and junior Aisha Rai Thompson (Berlin, N.H.) then tallied goals for PSU just five minutes apart, and the Panther defense did the rest.  PSU improves to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the Little East while Eastern Conn. drops to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

            The outcome also gave sophomore goalie Katlyn Hall (Greenfield, N.H.) a shutout in her first career start.  Hall made two saves for the win, taking over for injured starter Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.)  Hall had excellent support in front of her as defenders Thompson and freshmen Allison Dorey (Bristol, N.H.) and Eileen Crutchfield (Boscawen, N.H.) limited the visitors to just two shots.

            After a scoreless first half, PSU broke through 10 minutes into the second half.  Sophomore Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) took a penalty corner and Davis received the pass and fired home her third goal of the season.  Thompson tallied her first of the season five minutes later after receiving a pass from senior Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, N.H.).

            Plymouth State also had a 19-5 advantage in penalty corners, including 12-1 in the second half.  Sophomore Olivia Mullen (Bethel, Conn.) played a strong game, finishing with five saves.

            PSU is back in action Tuesday with an LEC meeting at Southern Maine, while Eastern returns home to host UMass Dartmouth Tuesday in a Little East match-up. 

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