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PSU Field Hockey downs Southern Maine in high-scoring affair

Garvey and Morin each post hat tricks for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Nikki Garvey (Cannan, N.H.) and senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) each recorded hat tricks Wednesday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to an 8-6 victory over the University of Southern Maine in Little East Conference field hockey action at Arold Field.

            Junior Emily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) added two goals for PSU, which won its second straight game and sixth in its last seven outings to improve to 6-4 overall and 5-1 in the LEC.  Southern Maine slipped to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

            Garvey, who also collected two assists in the game, scored two goals in the first half to help PSU to a 4-3 lead at the break.  Her third goal, which gave Garvey her third hat trick of the season, tied the game at 5-5 with 6:47 remaining in the second half.  Morin tallied the next two goals to push the PSU lead to 7-5 with 1:59 to play, and after a Southern Maine goal 18 seconds later made it a one-goal game again, Morin completed her hat trick with an insurance goal with 1:18 on the clock.

            Senior Ariel Kaplan (South Berwick, Maine) scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the visitors.  Junior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine) and freshman Jennifer Poulin (Winslow, Maine) added a goal and an assist each.

            Garvey now leads the LEC with 15 goals, while Dostie, who was the conference leader coming into the game, is now second with 14 goals, and Morin is tied for fourth with 10 goals.

            Garvey opened the scoring three minutes into the game with her first of the afternoon, slicing one home from the left end line.  After the teams then played 18 minutes of scoreless field hockey, they combined for six goals in the next 10 minutes.  Davis and Kaplan traded goals just 31 seconds apart, and Garvey and Poulin exchanged goals 31 seconds apart; those four goals came in a stretch of two minutes and 16 seconds.

            Davis knocked in her second of the day at the 27:33 mark, extending PSU's lead to 4-2, but Dostie scored on a penalty corner two minutes later to make it a 4-3 game at halftime.

            Southern Maine came alive in the second half, and scored back-to-back goals in a three-minute stretch to take its first lead of the day.  Kaplan tipped in a shot for her second of the game and sophomore Jessica Boghosian (Belgrade, Maine) scored with an assist from Kaplan to put the Huskies ahead, 5-4.

            Garvey found the back of the net again for PSU with 6:47 to play to tie the game at 5-all, and Morin tallied consecutive goals to put the Panthers ahead for good.  Senior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) assisted on the go-ahead goal, and freshman Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) set up the next score.

            USM would not quit, and freshman Krystyn Keating (Freedom, Maine) scored her first goal of the season with less than two minutes remaining to cut the margin back to one, but Morin and Garvey combined on an insurance goal to seal the win.

            PSU finished with a 26-16 advantage in shots.  PSU senior goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made eight saves, and USM freshman Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine), who entered the game after PSU's first goal, finished with 12 saves.

            The Panthers are home again Saturday for a 12 noon game against conference foe Fitchburg State University.  Southern Maine plays its next three games at home, beginning Saturday with an LEC contest against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (12:30 p.m.)

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