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November 10, 2012

PSU Field Hockey edges Keene State in ECAC semifinal

Colborn's two goals sends Panthers to final vs. Bridgewater

            BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Senior Olivia Colborn (Lancaster, N.H.) tallied a pair of goals Saturday afternoon to lead third-seeded Plymouth State University to a 2-0 victory over second-seeded Keene State College in the semifinal round of the 2012 ECAC Division III New England Field Hockey Tournament at Swenson Field in Bridgewater.

            Plymouth State (12-7) advances to the tournament championship game Sunday at noon as the Panthers will take on top seed and tournament host Bridgewater State University.  Keene State ends the season with an overall mark of 15-9.

            Colborn notched her first marker of the day, an unassisted tally in the 20th minute, as the Panthers would take a 1-0 lead into the intermission.  Colborn made it a 2-0 game with just over eight minutes remaining in the contest.  Sophomore forward Kristen Morris (Stoughton, Mass.) set up the goal with a cross that evaded the Keene State netminder.  Colborn, stationed in front, easily deposited the shot into the unguarded net for her team-leading 22nd goal of the season, second most in the Little East Conference.

            Keene cut the deficit to 2-1 with 1:48 left on the clock as freshman midfielder Haylie Dolan (West Brookfield, Mass.) rifled a shot from just inside the circle that deflected in off a Plymouth defender.

            The Owls had a pair of penalty corner opportunities in the final minute, including one with no time remaining, but were unable to convert the equalizing tally.

            Plymouth held a 20-10 shot advantage for the game (12-3 in the first half) as well as a 13-9 edge in penalty corners.

            Junior goalkeeper Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made five saves to notch her eighth win of the season for the Panthers.  Sophomore Caitlin Davino-Draper (Hanover, Mass.) turned aside 11 shots between the pipes for the Owls.

            Sunday's final will be a rematch of a regular season contest on Oct. 20 on the same field, won by Bridgewater State, 3-2. 

(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information) 

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