Bates records 11 saves in loss
NORTH HAMPTON, Mass. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team dropped its non-conference season opener 1-0 to Smith College in the first game of the Caryl Neuhof Classic. The Pioneers scored the game's lone goal in the 42nd minute on Caroline Labriola's only shot on net.
The Panthers will move on to face UMaine Farmington in Sunday's consolation game, while Smith will face SUNY Cortland in the championship of the inaugural tournament.
"I was pleased with our defensive effort today with a strong showing by senior goalkeeper and captain Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.)," said head coach Bonnie Lord. Bates turned away 11 Pioneer shots.
The Panthers had a few breakaway scoring opportunities, but Smith College senior goalkeeper Cameo Tietje (Massapequa, N.Y.) came up with some key saves. PSU's last quality scoring chance came with less than 40 seconds left in regulation when senior Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) streaked down the left side, but Tietje's slide tackle iced the win for the Pioneers.
"The defensive crew of sophomores Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) and Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.) with junior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) and freshman Laura Secone (Harpswell, Maine) worked like a unit shutting down the Smith attack," Lord added. "We are looking to come out with strong team play on Sunday vs UMaine Farmington," finished Lord.
PSU will take on UMaine Farmington Sunday (Sept. 3) at 10:30 a.m. in the consolation game at Smith College, before opening the home schedule on Wednesday (Sept. 6) against Eastern Connecticut State University at Kennedy Field on the campus of the New Hampton School (New Hampton, N.H.).
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