Burgess and Davis lead with shots on goal
FITCHBURG, Mass. - The Plymouth State Women's Field Hockey team opened conference play with a 2-0 loss at Fitchburg State Wednesday night at Elliot Field. Senior Nicole Burgess (Mexico, ME) and sophomore Lily Davis (Boscawen, NH) led team with shots on goal.
The Panthers fell behind at halftime (0-1) and (0-2) with nine minutes remaining.
Elliot Field, Fitchburg, Mass. – Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
Fitchburg State 2, Plymouth State 0
PSU 0-2 (0-1 LEC); FIT 2-0 (1-0 LEC)
- In the opening frame, Plymouth State nearly took the lead at the 13:54 mark as sophomore Meghan Lahti (Lunenburg, MA) fired a shot from the top of the circle that got past the Falcons keeper, but junior defender Rachel Denning cleared the ball of the goal line for the defensive save to keep the Panthers of the scoreboard.
- The Green and Gold broke the scoreless draw minutes later when junior forward Casey Noonan collected a loose ball in front of the cage following up her own, tucking the ball inside the near post for her second tally on the season for the 1-0 advantage going into halftime.
- Following the break, the visitors nearly knotted the score in the 61st minute of action as junior midfielder Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, VT) and senior Kendal Lariviere (Dover, NH) put back-to-back shots on frame, only to have Fitchburg State goaltender Brittany Linane turn aside both scoring chances to preserve the 1-0 margin.
- Fitchburg State doubled its lead (2-0) at the 64:10 mark as senior forward Erin Morrissey inserted the ball off a penalty corner to sophomore Molly Richard at the top of the circle, who proceeded to blast a shot into the back of the cage for her second goal of the year.
- Throughout the contest, Fitchburg State held a narrow 15-14 advantage in shots, while also holding an 8-2 advantage in penalty corners. In the cage, Linane posted eight saves en-route to her first shut of the season for the Falcons, while sophomore Dom Tarr (Antrim, NH) turned away eight shots for the Panthers in the complete game effort.
- Plymouth State will host the Rams of Framingham State University on Saturday at 11 a.m at Holderness School.