Huskies knock second-seeded Panthers out in first round
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jennifer Poulin (Winslow, Maine) scored two goals and assisted on another Tuesday afternoon as seventh-seeded University of Southern Maine stunned second-seeded Plymouth State University, 4-1, in the opening round of the Little East Conference Field Hockey Tournament at Arold Field.
PSU senior Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) scored the game's first goal nine minutes into the game, but Poulin tied the game 11 minutes later and then added an assist and a goal in the second half. Sophomore goalie Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine) did the rest for the Huskies, finishing with 12 saves on 13 shots.
The Huskies improve to 9-12 overall, and advance to an LEC semifinal game Thursday against the winner of Tuesday night's first-round game between third-seeded UMass Dartmouth and sixth-seeded Worcester State University. Plymouth State, which was eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2009, is now 12-5 overall and awaits an ECAC New England Tournament berth, which will be announced next Monday.
Garvey put the Panthers on top at the nine-minute mark, knocking in a rebound after a flurry of activity in front of the Husky goal. Poulin tied the game in the 21st minute with a second attempt after PSU freshman goalie Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) stopped her first shot. The Huskies took a 2-1 lead into the break after freshman Tayla Smedberg (Oxford, Maine) pounded a bouncing ball that found its way through traffic into the back of the goal with 2:44 remaining on the first-half clock.
PSU gained some momentum in the second half and put pressure on the Husky goal, but Kasbohm stood strong in the cage. USM, which lost to PSU in overtime in the regular season, pushed the margin to 3-1 with 13:15 remaining when sophomore Leanne Reichert (Portland, Maine) deflected home a shot by Poulin, and Poulin sealed the win three minutes later, deflecting in a shot from the top of the circle by senior Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine).
Garvey and Dostie are in a battle for the LEC scoring title, as Garvey now has 18 goals and 44 points and Dostie 17 goals and 44 points.
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