Bates makes 11 saves in third straight LEC shutout
DANBURY, Conn. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team shutout Little East Conference (LEC) nemesis Western Connecticut State University, 4-0, on Saturday at the Westside Athletic Complex. PSU improves to 8-2 (6-1 LEC), while the Colonials fall to 3-8 overall and 3-4 in league play.
Four different players tallied scores for Plymouth State en route to the win. Panther senior goalie Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) made a leaping save on a shot from Colonial sophomore forward Jacalyn Doerwald (Washington Depot, Conn.) at point blank range early in the contest. Moments later the Panthers got on the board when junior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) took a feed from classmate Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) and blasted a low-line shot into the back of the cage, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
Plymouth extended the lead to 2-0 when senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Conn.) weaved past a pair of defenders and scored from in close to being the second half. PSU got some breathing room when freshman Grace Montgomery (Boscawen, N.H.) gathered a rebound after a penalty corner and connected with classmate Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine). It was Wakefield's team-best eighth goal of the season.
Sophomore Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) closed the scoring in the 58th minute when she blasted a penalty stroke into the top-left corner.
Bates made 11 saves and improved to 8-2 with her fourth shutout of the year. Western Connecticut netminder Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) finished with 10 saves and fell to 3-8 overall.
The Panthers return to action next Saturday (12:00 p.m.) when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to have LEC foe Worcester State University.
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