Carroll, Morin lead Panthers past Monks
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) blasted home the go-ahead goal with five minutes remaining Wednesday afternoon as Plymouth State University came from behind to defeat Saint Joseph's College (Maine), 2-1, in non-conference field hockey action at Arold Field.
Junior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) played a part in both Panther goals, scoring the first and setting up Morin on the second. They helped PSU improve to 10-5 overall while SJC dropped to 9-7.
The teams combined for just seven shots in the first half, four by the home team. Saint Joseph's scored the only goal of the opening frame in the 16th minute when junior Rachelle Massuri (Atkinson, N.H.) dribbled down the right side and fired a crossing pass into the middle, where freshman Meghan Williams (Greenland, N.H.) collected the ball and pushed it just inside the right post.
Plymouth State finally got on the board midway through the second half. Carroll picked up a loose ball in front of the Monks cage with her back to the goal, and shot a backhander while she was spinning around that slipped under the goalie. It was Carroll's ninth of the season and tied the game at 1-1 in the 55th minute.
With the score tied and the second-half clock winding down, PSU tallied its second goal on a penalty corner at the 65:04 mark. Carroll took the corner from the left side, shoveled a short pass to Morin about five yards away, and Morin blasted a shot from just inside the circle that snuck through the goalie's pads. It was Morin's second goal of the season and proved to be the game-winner.
PSU finished with an 11-6 advantage in shots, and an 11-9 margin in penalty corners. Junior goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made five saves to earn the win in the Panther goal, while sophomore Taylor Allison (Pawtucket, R.I.) stopped seven shots for Saint Joseph's.
Prior to the game, PSU's only senior , co-captain Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, N.H.), was recognized as part of the Senior Day celebration.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season Saturday with a Little East Conference matchup at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; the Corsairs are 10-0 in the LEC and looking to clinch the regular season title. Saint Joseph's opens play in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament Saturday, visiting New England College for a quarterfinal contest.
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