Davis' career-high three goals leads Panthers to non-conference win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior captain Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) scored a career-high three goals to help lead Plymouth State University past Castleton University, 6-4, in a non-conference field hockey game at the New Hampton School.
Davis put the Panthers in front with her first goal at the 13:47 mark after slipping a shot past the Spartan goalkeeper just along the goal line. Senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) set up the goal with a nice pass through the left side.
PSU doubled its lead 12 minutes later when freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) collected a pass from Martin behind the goalie and pushed it into the open net.
Castleton cut the lead to 2-1 with four minutes remaining in the half. Senior Emily Lowell (Brandon, Vt.) snuck a shot past Panther goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) and PSU went into the break with a goal advantage.
The Spartans evened the score at 2-2 in the opening minutes of the second half when the Spartans took advantage of a PSU green card penalty. Castleton drove the ball down the left side to create pressure in front of the net. Freshman Gabriella Hunt (Granville, N.Y.) took a shot from the left side of the circle and classmate Casey Traill (South Shields, England) deflected the ball past Bates.
Davis quickly put the Panthers back on top just two minutes later when sophomore Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) fired a through-ball from midfield and Davis outran the Spartan defense, tipping the ball past the CU keeper.
Minutes later the Panthers extended their lead to 4-2 when Martin set up junior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) on a penalty corner. Newhard blasted a shot past the Spartan goalie into the low right corner.
Davis completed the hat trick in the 45th minute on a similar play to her second score. Kabasakalian sent Davis on a breakaway and the 5-4 forward beat Castleton goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood one-on-one. Wakefield added her second goal of the night to balloon the Panther lead to 6-2.
The Spartans attempted to mount a late comeback, scoring twice in the final eight minutes, but PSU was able to hold on for the victory.
Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference play on Saturday (Sept. 16), when the Panthers travel to Framingham State for a 2:00 p.m. match-up.
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