Panthers win streak stopped at four
KEENE, N.H. – Junior Marisa Lemoine (Berlin, N.H.) scored two goals and sophomore goalie Chloe Audesse (Goffstown, N.H.) made five saves Tuesday night, including a couple of point-blank stops, to lead Keene State College to a 3-0 Little East Conference field hockey victory over rival Plymouth State University at Owl Athletic Complex.
The Owls (9-1, 4-0 LEC) remain tied for the top spot in the LEC standings with UMass-Dartmouth. The loss snapped Plymouth State's (4-4, 3-1 LEC) four-game winning streak.
Lemoine got the Owls on the board with her first goal of the game at the 17:48 mark of the first half when she finished off a crossing ball from freshman Paige Hefferan (Newburyport, Mass.).
Freshman Kayla Renaud (Somers, Conn.) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season on a rebound to give KSC a 2-0 lead.
Audesse made sure KSC maintained its two-goal advantage with just under five minutes to play in the first half when she came flying out of her net to rob Plymouth junior Kristen Morris (Stoughton, Mass.) on a corner opportunity. Audesse, who notched her second shutout of the season, came up big again early in the second half, stopping consecutive close-range shots off the stick of senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) and Morris.
Lemoine finished off the scoring with her second goal of the game and fifth of the season when she directed a pass from freshman Sami Smith (Merrimack, N.H.) into an open net after PSU senior goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) was pulled out of position.
Lemelin, who returned to the lineup after sitting four games due to injury, finished the game with seven saves for the Panthers. KSC outshot PSU 23-14 and had a slim 10-9 advantage on corners.
Keene State hits the road to face nationally ranked Amherst College on Thursday (7 p.m.). Plymouth State is at Eastern Conn. on Saturday (12 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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