Late goal lifts Corsairs past Panthers
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, R.I.) scored the game-winning goal with 2:12 remaining in regulation play Saturday afternoon to lift top-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 3-2 victory over fourth-seeded Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference field hockey tournament semifinal match at Cressy Field.
The teams played 20 minutes in the second half with the score tied 2-2 until Dolce's game-winner, which was her second of the game. Junior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) had scored for PSU with 23:44 remaining in the second half to tie the game.
The Corsairs, 16-5, will host the LEC championship game Sunday at noon against third-seeded Keene State College, as the Owls upset second-seeded Bridgewater State University, 4-3, in Saturday's other semifinal. PSU, 11-7, should be a solid seed in next week's ECAC New England Tournament.
UMD had a 17-6 advantage in shots and a 28-4 margin in penalty corners, but PSU kept the game close on the scoreboard. Junior goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) finished with 10 saves in the PSU cage.
Freshman Emily Anderson (Medway, Mass.) opened the scoring for UMD with her third goal of the season six minutes into the game. Sphomore Nikki Garvey (Cannan, N.H.) answered for PSU six minutes later, with an assist from junior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) UMD regained the advantage at 16:28 on Dolce's first goal, and the Corsairs held that lead through the end of the first half, and until Morin tallied the equalizer 11 minutes into the second half.
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