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PSU Field Hockey falls to Springfield in consolation game

Morin scores lone goal for Panthers

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team dropped its second game of the season Sunday afternoon, falling to host Springfield College, 3-1, in the consolation game of the Zenaty Invitational at Stagg Field.

            Freshman defender Madison Beatrice (Newton, Mass.) played well for Plymouth State and was PSU's representative on the All-Tournament team.

            Springfield (1-1) struck first, taking an early 1-0 lead with 19:48 left in the first half. Jillian Macdonald (South Yarmouth, Mass.) took a shot from 12 yards out and Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) played the deflection well, burying an open shot into the back of the net.

            Gallo had another opportunity six minutes into the second half. The senior passed to Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) who returned it back to Gallo for a shot which skipped by the right post.

            PSU nearly got on the board with 25 minutes left in the second half when freshman Kendal Lariviere (Dover, N.H) took a shot on goal, but Pride goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) made the save to preserve the lead.

            Cabral gave the Pride some insurance with 23:37 left on the clock on another deflection goal. The sophomore took a shot from seven yards out, which deflected off the Plymouth goalie. Cabral came around to the right side and launched her own rebound into the goal to give Springfield a 2-0 lead. 

            Plymouth threatened late as senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) got the Panthers on the board with 11:14 left in the game. Teammate Nikki Garvey (Cannan, N.H.) took a shot that deflected off a Springfield defender and Morin came in for the finish to make it a one-goal game. 

            Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) answered right back for Springfield though, scoring less than two minutes later. Quist put one in on the left side with traffic in the middle with 9:38 left in the game, to give Springfield a 3-1 lead.

            Villa made seven saves in goal for Springfield to earn the win. Plymouth State senior Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) had two saves in goal in the first half and junior Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.) closed out the second half with six saves. Springfield outshot Plymouth State, 19-10. 

            PSU plays its home opener Wednesday at Arold Field against Castleton State College (4:00 p.m.)  Springfield will be back in action on Thursday, traveling to Keene State for a 6 p.m. start. 

(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information) 

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