Panthers to host Westfield in LEC playoffs
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman Ali Hadley (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season and the eventual game-winner on a penalty stroke in the 61st minute late Saturday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team defeated Plymouth State University, 3-2, in the Little East Conference regular season finale for both schools and Senior Day at Cressy Field.
PSU came from behind twice to tie the league-leading Corsairs but UMD out-shot the visitors 30-7 en route to the victory. UMD, 14-5 overall, finishes it conference slate a perfect 11-0 to capture the LEC regular season title and the top seed and home-field advantage in the upcoming LEC tournament.
The Panthers, 10-6 overall, finish in a tie for fourth place in the LEC with Westfield State University, both at 7-4 in conference play. PSU defeated Westfield during the regular season to earn the tiebreaker, so the fourth-seeded Panthers will host the fifth-seeded Owls in the first round of the LEC playoffs, scheduled for Tuesday.
Junior Kayla Ribsam (Lambertville, N.J.) opened the scoring for UMD with just over a minute left to play in the opening half as she finished a pass from freshman Cory Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) for her first goal of the season.
The Panthers evened the score two minutes into the second half when junior Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, N.H.) scored on a breakaway. The Corsairs took the lead in 52nd minute when Ribsam tallied her second goal of the game off a pass from senior Jenna Miedzionoski (Beverly, Mass.), but PSU answered back just three minutes later when sophomore Kristen Morris (Stoughton, MA) tallied an unassisted goal. That set up Hadley's penalty stroke goal four minutes later.
Junior goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) was strong in the PSU cage with 13 saves, while sophomore Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) made three saves for UMass Dartmouth.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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