Garvey posts second hat trick of season for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Nikki Garvey (Cannan, N.H.) recorded her second hat trick of the season Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 5-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University in Little East Conference field hockey action at Arold Field.
Garvey assisted on PSU's first goal and made it a natural hat trick with three consecutive markers in the first half, helping PSU to a 4-0 lead at the intermission. Senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) and freshman Allison Lemay (Westbrook, Maine) added goals for the home team as PSU won its third straight game to even its overall record at 3-3 and improve to 2-0 in conference play.
Plymouth State out-shot Western by a 22-4 count. Two goalies and three field players combined for 16 saves for Western as the Colonials dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the LEC.
Morin opened the scoring for PSU seven minutes into the contest, converting a beautiful cross from Garvey to put the Panthers ahead for good. Garvey made it 2-0 at the midway point of the half, knocking in her own rebound, and added a pair late in the half just 73 seconds apart to complete her hat trick. Garvey leads the Panthers with eight goals on the season.
Lemay tallied the only goal of the second half for PSU, with an assist from senior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.).
Junior Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.) needed to make just two saves to post her first shutout of the season. Senior Aisha Rai Thompson (Berlin, N.H.) and sophomore Allison Dorey (Bristol, N.H.) also made defensive saves to help PSU preserve the shutout.
Freshman goalie Kristy Trotta (Danbury, Conn.) made seven saves in the first half for WCSU, while senior Courtney Hearn (New Fairfield, Conn.) stopped four shots in the second half. Senior Christina Ferenz (Danbury, Conn.) and sophomore Lauren Allen (Fairfield, Conn.) collected two defensive saves apiece for the Colonials.
PSU puts its three-game winning streak on the line next Saturday when it hosts Westfield State University in a conference match-up. Western Conn. plays a non-conference contest Monday evening at Wheelock College in Boston.
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