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UMass Dartmouth stops PSU Field Hockey’s win streak at five

Corsairs edge Panthers in key Little East Conference affair

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University out-shot visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by a 15-8 count Saturday afternoon but it was the Corsairs pulling off the 4-3 victory in a key Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.

            Seniors Devon Herlihy (Exeter, N.H.) and Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass.) led the Corsairs with a goal and an assist each. Classmate Tiffany Richard (Fitchburg, Mass.) and freshman Katelin Morrissey (Taunton, Mass.) also scored for the visitors in the win.

            Freshman Masha Lange (Danville, N.H.) tallied a goal and an assist for the Panthers, while senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) and freshman Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) also found the scoring column and senior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) collected two assists.

            The two teams entered the game tied for second place in the LEC. The outcome lifts UMD to 12-5 overall and still tied for second place in the Little East with a 9-1 mark, while PSU had its five-game winning streak snapped and slides to 9-5 overall and 8-2 in conference play.

            UMD got on the board first when Taylor snuck past the PSU defense and poked the ball past a charging PSU goalkeeper about 10 minutes into the game for her 15th goal of the season.  The Panthers evened the score two minutes later on a penalty corner; Carroll delivered the corner to Lange, who slid a pass to Morin on the left side, and Morin fired home her 13th goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1.

            The Corsairs pulled ahead gain in the 19th minute on a penalty corner of their own. Sophomore Emily Anderson (Medway, Mass.) took the corner, and Herlihy scored her sixth of the season with assists from Anderson and senior Tori Dolce (Jamestown, R.I.).  The teams went back and forth the rest of the half and UMD took a 2-1 lead into the intermission.

            The teams took turns scoring goals in the second half.  UMD extended the lead to 3-1 seven minutes into the half as a shot by Herlihy was deflected right to Richard, and she batted the ball into an empty net for her first of the season.  Wilder answered for PSU in the 56th minute, knocking in a rebound after a shot by Morin was saved, but Morrissey gave the Corsairs their two-goal lead back in the 63rd minute when she scored off a pass from Taylor.

            PSU wouldn't go down without a fight, and Lange cut the deficit to one when she scored on a penalty corner with 1:56 remaining.  But the clock ran out and UMD held on for the win.

            Senior goalie Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) made seven saves to earn the win in the UMD net.  Senior Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made four saves in the PSU goal.

            The Panthers are back on the field Tuesday at Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in a non-conference match-up. UMD returns home to host Wellesley College in a non-conference affair on Wednesday. The regular season concludes next Saturday with PSU hosting Bridgewater State and UMD visiting league-leading Keene State.

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