Reeder and Lariviere score goals for Panthers
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College scored twice in the second half to defeat Plymouth State University, 4-2, in a non-conference field hockey contest at Mercy Field on a chilly Wednesday afternoon.
The Monks (12-6) and Panthers (11-4) essentially swapped scores in the high-action first frame, as the hosts built a 2-1 edge on goals from junior Kelsey Dumond (Lewiston, Maine) and freshman Michalia Parent (Westborough, Mass.) before Plymouth junior Kendal Lariviere (Dover, N.H.) knotted the contest, 2-2, in the 25th minute.
The stalemate remained at intermission and beyond, as the Monks claimed lead for good when senior Amanda Celata (Dedham, Mass.) potted the eventual game-winner at the 63:23 mark. Parent provided some breathing room when she netted her second tally of the day with 57 seconds remaining to account for the 4-2 final.
The first goal of the contest was scored on a Plymouth penalty corner, as freshman Kialah Reeder (Enfield, N.H.) sent a pass from the top of the circle to junior Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.), who was stationed near the left post and slammed home a one-timer to the lower right corner.
St. Joe's answered less than two minutes later, as senior Brenna Fitzgibbon (Exeter, N.H.) executed a give-and-go near the left baseline with Dumond, who lofted her own rebound into the top left corner after sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) stonewalled her first attempt.
Parent provided the Monks with their first lead of the day when she collected a rebound off a Celata attempt and rattled off three rapid-fire shots near the right post, the first two attempts being stopped by Bates and the third finding the back of the cage.
The Panthers managed to knot the match quickly thereafter, as the visitors notched their second tally on another penalty corner bid. Junior Jordan Ray (Standish, Maine) served as the injector on the play and a shot from the top of the circle found several pieces of lumber in a crowd before Lariviere tipped the ball over the head of SJC rookie keeper Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine).
The contest seemed destined for extra play, but Saint Joseph's managed to reclaim the lead in the 64th minute on an odd-man rush. Racing upfield into the circle, Parent fed the ball to Celata, who dished off to Dumond for a quick shot that deflected off Bates' leg pad directly to Celata, who finished the play with a shot into a wide-open cage.
The Monks capitalized on some nifty passing in close proximity to the Panthers' cage in scoring an insurance marker with less than a minute remaining. Dumond, streaking towards the goal near the right-side baseline, dealt a crisp pass to freshman Kara Kelly (York, Maine), who dished a feed to the left to Celata. The senior quickly connected with her freshman line-mate, as Parent one-timed a blast between Bates and the left post.
Baker made six saves to pick up her 10th win of the season, becoming just the third SJC goalie to reach double-digits in victories in the process. Bates also posted six stops in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's is off until next Wednesday when the Monks, as the #2 seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament, face the #3 Anna Maria College/#6 Mount Ida College quarterfinal victor in a semifinal match at Deering Memorial Stadium in Portland (start TBD).
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season Saturday with a Little East Conference (LEC) contest at home versus Eastern Connecticut State University. The Senior Day match is slated to start at 11:30 a.m. at the New Hampton School Field.
(Courtesy of Saint Joseph's Sports Information)
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