PSU Field Hockey nipped by Springfield in closing seconds

PSU Field Hockey nipped by Springfield in closing seconds

Panthers fall in tourney title game; Crutchfield named All-Tournament

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A three-goal performance, including a buzzer-beating tally with 0.04 seconds on the clock by senior Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) paced the Springfield College field hockey team to a 6-5 victory over Plymouth State University Sunday afternoon in the Zenaty Invitational championship game on Stagg Field.

            Quist was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player, aiding the Pride to a 2-0 start to the season with her four-goal weekend. Junior Eileen Crutchfield (Boscawen, N.H.) was PSU's selection to the All-Tournament Team.

            With 10 seconds remaining in regulation, Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) gained possesion of the ball for Springfield at the midfield, and found classmate Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) with a cross-field pass, who then streaked down the right side and fired a shot on the net. After the ball deflected off Plymouth State goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.), Quist knocked the ball out of mid-air and into the back of the net just prior to the buzzer sounding.

            Seniors Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) and Sam Carberry (Shrewsbury, Pa.) led the Panthers with a goal and an assist each, while sophomore Nicole Burgess (Mexico, Maine) and freshmen Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) and Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) added one goal each.

            Quist started the scoring for Springfield when she picked the ball out of a scrum and fired a shot into the back of the net to put the Pride up just 9:54 into the contest. Freshman Ann Mahoney(Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) sent a pass into the crease at the 22:17 mark that snuck its way through a pair of PSU defenders, landing on the stick of junior Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.), who found the back of the net to push the Pride's lead to two. Krull fired a pass from the goal line across the mouth of the goal with nine minutes on the clock, only to find Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) on the backside to give the Pride a 3-0 cushion at halftime.

            Garvey got the Panthers on the board seven minutes into the second half when she executed a give-and-go with sophomore Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) for a goal to cut Plymouth State's deficit to two. Springfield answered five minutes later when Krull found Quist in front of the net for the he second goal of the game to put the Pride up 4-1.

            PSU answered with back-to-back goals two minutes apart.  Davis received a pass from Carberry and found the back of the net with 20:52 on the clock, and Burgess followed suit with 18:49 to play, knocking in a rebound of Wilder's shot off the post.

            Mahoney netted her second of the game for Springfield a little more than a minute later, but Carberry fired a shot from 12-yards out that found its way past Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) to make it 5-4. PSU tied it at 5-5 with 7:21 remaining in the game, as Garvey ripped a shot on cage, which was saved by Villa, but the rebound went right to Martin, who knocked home a shot to even the score and set up the dramatic finish.

            PSU plays a non-conference game Wednesday at Castleton, while the Pride will be back in action Thursday when they host Keene State. 

(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information) 

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