Panthers in second place in LEC with two conference games to play
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team extended its winning streak to five games Tuesday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Framingham State University in a Little East Conference match up at Maple Street Field.
The Panthers, which have also won nine of their last 10 games, improve to 9-4 on the season and 8-1 in the conference, while the Rams slip to 8-8 overall and 2-7 in the Little East. PSU is in second place in the LEC with two conference games left to play.
Plymouth State controlled play in the first half outshooting the Rams 17-3, but could only score twice as Framingham State University freshman goalie Sarah Palace (Auburn, Mass.) made nine first half saves. Plymouth finally struck in the 18th minute when senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) blasted a shot at the cage that deflected off the post right to freshman Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.). Wilder deposited the rebound in the back of the goal for the 1-0 lead.
The Rams answered with a marker of their own in the 28th minute to tie the score. Senior Kaitlyn Ranieri (Bellingham, Mass.) sent a cross to classmate Cassandra Koegel (Groveland, Mass.) in the circle. Koegel knocked it home and into the empty net for the equalizer.
The Panthers answered three minutes later as they took advantage of one of their eight first half penalty corners to take the lead for good. Senior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) inserted the ball on the corner to junior Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) at the top of the circle. Garvey fired a shot into the cage for her league-leading 19th marker of the season and a 2-1 halftime lead for the visitors.
PSU added an insurance marker to their lead with a second goal off a penalty corner just over eight minutes into the second half. Carroll once again inserted the ball, this time to freshman Masha Lange (Danville, N.H.) and Lange scored on a shot from the top of the circle.
The Panthers outshot the Rams 30-4 in the game and held a 15-1 edge in penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.) made one save en route to the victory in the net for the visitors. Palace ties her career-high as she finished with 18 saves, but was tagged with the loss.
The Rams return to action on Saturday when they host Little East Conference foe Keene State at 2 p.m., while the Panthers host UMass Dartmouth on Saturday in a pivotal Little East clash beginning at noon.
(Courtesy of Framingham State Sports Information)
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