Panthers record eighth victory in last nine games
SALEM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) scored two goal apiece Saturday afternoon to lift Plymouth State University to a 5-4 victory over Salem State University in a Little East Conference field hockey game at Alumni Field.
The Panthers won for the eighth time in their last nine games, improving to 8-4 overall and 7-1 in the LEC. Salem State dropped to 6-7 overall and 4-4 in conference play. PSU is in a three-way tie for second place in the Little East with Bridgewater State University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, all trailing unbeaten Keene State (8-0).
The action started early when Garvey rifled a shot from 10 yards out to put the Panthers up 1-0. The Vikings' Katie Pietrini (Beverly, Mass.) countered with a goal with an assist from Lauren Pazdziorny (Middleton, Mass.) less than two minutes later. Salem State goaltender Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.), who played a tremendous game in net, made a diving save on another shot by Garvey to keep the game tied, but Morin blasted a penalty corner pass from senior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Freshman Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) had an opportunity to extend the lead when she broke free uncontested, but Woodin came up with another big save to keep the score 2-1. Sophomore Tayla Corrado (Saugus, Mass.) added another goal before the half to put Plymouth State up 3-1, as Kristen Morris (Stoughton, Mass.) was credited with the assist.
The Panthers looked to continue their momentum in the second half, but in the 41st minute, Salem State's Pazdziorny scored her second goal when she rocketed a shot past the goalie to pull the Vikings to within 3-2. Kathleen Clark (Southboro, Mass.) got the assist. However, in the 49th minute, Morin scored her second goal for the Panthers off a corner that gave Plymouth State some breathing room at 4-2.
In a game in which they were outshot 17-9, Salem State would not go away, and a Kelsey Russell (Arlington, Mass.) putback made the score 4-3 with just under 15:00 minutes remaining. However, Plymouth State's Garvey responded with another goal to make the score 5-3. Nicole Bisbee (Templeton, Mass.) kept the Vikings' hopes alive when she connected from Pazdziorny with six minutes remaining, but it would not be enough as Salem State squandered two chances late to tie the game to keep the final 5-4.
The Vikings' Woodin stopped nine shots while the Panthers' Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.) had four saves.
Both teams play conference games again on Tuesday as Salem State plays at home at 6:00 against Bridgewater State and Plymouth State travels to Framingham State for a 3:30 p.m. contest.
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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