Lemelin makes 14 saves in goal for Panthers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University field hockey season got off to a slow start Saturday as the Panthers were blanked by Husson University, 2-0, on the first day of Springfield College's Dottie Zenaty Invitational at Stagg Field.
Brockport State (N.Y.) edged host Springfield in the first game on Saturday, 3-2 in overtime. Brockport and Husson will meet Sunday at 1:15 p.m. for the tournament championship, following the Plymouth State-Springfield game at 11:00 a.m.
After a scoreless first half, Husson got on the board just four minutes into the second half. Britt Mellor (Melfast, Maine) took the corner for the Eagles, passing it up top to Melissa Souza (East Bridgewater, Mass.) who tallied the game's first goal.
Husson got an insurance goal with 23:54 left in the game, from Liz Noddin (Skowhegan, Maine) on an assist from Mariah Arno (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine). Arno tapped it to Noddin from the top of the arc and Noddin found the back of the net to put Husson up 2-0.
The Eagles had one more chance with just under nine minutes left in the game, but Arno's penalty stroke was wide left.
Plymouth State senior goalie Hillary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) finished the day with 14 saves while Husson goalie Maicee Gustin (Dexter, Maine) made six saves to earn to shutout.
(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)
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