Panthers move to 2-0 in LEC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) scored a goal and tallied an assist Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University field hockey team outdueled Fitchburg State, 2-1, in a Little East Conference (LEC) game at the New Hampton School.
Prior to the game, the team celebrated honorary team captain Arielle Beaulieu. The team worked with The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a community-based organization that connects high school and college sports teams with children fighting pediatric cancers, to adopt Beaulieu three years ago and the team's smallest member has had a significant impact on the program. Beaulieu, who has been declared cancer free, participated in the captain's meeting and a postgame reception in her honor.
On the field, senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) helped the Panthers improve to 3-1 on the season (2-0 LEC) after turning away six shots.
In a game that was chippy from start to finish the Panthers drew first blood. With just over two minutes left in the opening half Kabasakalian fed freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine), who buried the shot from the right side of the crease.
| Arielle with PSU Field Hockey team members
Fitchburg State turn on the jets in the second half and controlled the midfield for the first five minutes. A Casey Nunnan (Feeding Hills, Mass.) equalizer changed the pace of the game and over the next 12 minutes, neither team held an advantage.
In the 53rd minute, Kabasakalian put the go-ahead goal in the net. After a scrum just outside the goal Kabasakalian found the ball on her stick and beat Falcon's goalie Kasey Mammone (Leominster, Mass.) to take the advantage.
Plymouth would threaten four more times in the final 18 minutes, but Mammone stood her ground to keep it a one-goal advantage.
The Panthers tallied 20 total shots and their 17 penalty corners kept them inside Fitchburg territory for the latter part of the game. Fitchburg State finished with just six total shots after a dominant performance from the Panther defense.
Plymouth State is back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 12) when it hosts Castleton University in a non-conference game at the New Hampton School. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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