Garvey, Morin, Morris lead Panthers back from 2-0 deficit
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Plymouth State University scored three unanswered goals to overcome a 2-0 deficit Saturday afternoon, defeating Eastern Connecticut State University 3-2 in a Little East Conference field hockey game at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.
Junior Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) led the Panthers with a goal and an assist. She put the Panthers on the board with less than a minute to go in the first half with her 12th goal of the season, cutting Eastern Connecticut's lead to 2-1. She then assisted on the game-winning goal by junior Kristen Morris (Stoughton, Mass.) with eight minutes remaining in the game.
The Panthers improve to 5-4 overall and remain tied for third place in the LEC with a 4-1 mark. Eastern is now 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the LEC; the Warriors finished 6-12 last year.
Eastern jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first half on the strength of goals by Hannah Keiser, her 10th of the season, and Elly Walker, her third. Garvey's goal with 38 seconds left in the half gave the Panthers momentum heading into the second half.
After the teams battled for more than 25 minutes in the second half, senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) scored the tying goal for PSU with 8:12 remaining in regulation. It was her seventh of the season and was assisted by senior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) Just three minutes later Garvey sent a pass from the middle to the left side, where Morris took the shot and scored her first goal of the season and what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
PSU finished with a 19-17 advantage in shots, and a 10-7 margin in penalty corners. Senior goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made 11 saves to earn the win for PSU while Samantha Scavo also made 11 saves for Eastern Conn.
Plymouth State is back in action on Wednesday, hosting the University of Southern Maine in an LEC affair at Arold Field (4:00 p.m.).
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