Davis nets game-winner for Panthers
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Plymouth State University sophomore Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) netted the game-winning goal in the 96th minute to lift the Panthers to a 3-2 double overtime victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference field hockey match on Cressy Field.
The Panthers (9-3) overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to gain sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 7-1 record. The Corsairs (10-4) slipped into third place with a 6-2 mark.
Plymouth State created the ultimate scoring chance off its second straight penalty corner. Sophomore Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) inserted the restart to the top right of the apron and received the return pass along the end line. She deked a Corsair defender and slipped a pass through the hosts' crease, where Davis lifted her fifth goal of the season into the top left corner of the net to hand the Panthers their fifth win in their past six matches.
UMass Dartmouth senior Jill Levrault (Somerset, Mass.) registered both tallies for the hosts, her third consecutive multi-goal performance. Levrault gave the Corsairs an early 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute, converting a feed from junior Katelin Morrissey (Taunton, Mass.). She also scored less than two minutes after Plymouth State tied the contest at 1, capitalizing on a penalty corner from Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I.).
Junior Nicole Burgess (Mexico, Maine) accounted for both Panther regulation goals. The junior striker gathered a rebound and deposited her 10th marker into the empty net in the 52nd minute to force the extra sessions.
Sophomore Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) played all 95 minutes, 16 seconds in net, producing a career-high 16 saves. She made eight stops in the second half, while recording an additional four in the first OT to preserve the tie. Sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) registered six of her eight saves in the second stanza.
Plymouth State plays a key LEC match Tuesday against LEC-leading Keene State College at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampton School. UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, when the Corsairs host Bridgewater State (7-7, 4-4 LEC) in a Little East tilt on Cressy Field.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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