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October 12, 2013

Davis leads PSU Field Hockey past Fitchburg State

Red-hot Panthers post shutout for seventh win in last eight games

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Emily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) scored three goals and freshman Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) added a pair Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University field hockey team blanked Fitchburg State University, 9-0, in Little East Conference action at Arold Field.

            Davis, who also tallied two goals Wednesday in PSU's 8-6 win over the University of Southern Maine, scored what would turn out to be the game-winner less than two minutes into the game. She notched another first-half goal as the Panthers exploded to a 5-0 at the break, and completed her hat trick in the second half.  PSU went on to its third straight victory and seventh in the last eight games, improving to 7-4 overall and 6-1 in the Little East.  Fitchburg State slid to 4-7 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

            Senior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) also contributed a goal and two assists for the Panthers, while junior Nikki Garvey (Cannan, N.H.) tallied a goal and an assist.

            PSU converted crossing passes for its first two goals.  Garvey sent a pass from the left side to the middle early on, where Davis knocked home her first goal of the game at the 1:53 mark.  Carroll sent a pass from the right side, and Garvey was there to swat home her LEC-leading 16th goal of the season at the 8:28 mark.

            Fitchburg State settled down and played solid field hockey over the next 20 minutes, but Wilder doubled the Panther lead with a pair of goals a little more than two minutes apart.  She knocked home a shot after a scramble in front at 25:39, and fired the ball into an open net at 27:52 after an outstanding defensive save by Fitchburg State senior defender Kelly Finn (Fitchburg, Mass.)  Davis potted her second goal of the day two minutes later and PSU took a 5-0 lead into the intermission.

            Carroll extended the PSU lead a minute into the second half, firing a low liner from just inside the circle on the right side.  Davis added her third goal at the 36:08 mark, and freshmen reserves Allison Lemay (Westbrook, Maine) and Nicole Burgess (Mexico, Maine) rounded out the scoring with goals in the final three minutes of the game.

            Both teams are idle until next Saturday, when the Panthers travel to Salem State University for an LEC matchup (12 noon) and Fitchburg State hosts Western Connecticut State University in a Little East affair (2:00 p.m.) 

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