Senior class leads Panthers to non-conference win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University scored four second half goals to top Thomas College, 5-1, in non-conference field hockey action at the New Hampton School on Tuesday.
Prior to the contest, Plymouth State recognized its three seniors playing in their final regular season home games; Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.), Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) and Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.).
The trio all made significant contributions to the PSU victory. Martin finished with a goal and two assists, while Davis added a goal of her own. Bates made two saves and narrowly missed posting a third straight shutout as the Panthers improved to 11-3 on the year. Thomas lost for the 12th straight game, falling to 1-12 overall.
The Panthers controlled the contest the majority of the first half, but the game remained scoreless through the first 27 minutes. Martin finally broke through in the 28th minute, firing a shot to the bottom left corner of the cage to put the hosts up 1-0.
The score would remain 1-0 through halftime, but Plymouth State ratcheted up the offensive zone pressure in the second half. The Panthers erupted for three times in a span of eight minutes to seize control. Junior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) received the ball at the top of the circle on a penalty corner and blasted a shot through traffic and into the back of the net in the 44th minute to make it 2-0.
|PSU Field Hockey seniors with families and coaches on Senior Day.|
Five minutes later freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) tapped home a feed from Martin to extend the lead to 3-0. It was her team-leading 13th goal of the season. Three minutes later sophomore Kaihley Rafferty (Salem, Conn.) got into the action, scoring her third of the year to extend the PSU advantage to 4-0.
Davis added the Panthers' fifth and final goal of the night in the 66th minute and Bates, who had to make just one save in the second half, looked poised to post her third straight shutout. The Terriers had other ideas, however, spoiling the shutout bid with just 1:48 left on the game clock when junior Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) scored off a feed from freshman Miriah Chapman (Dexter, Maine).
The Panthers owned a 17-5 advantage in shots for the game, and took 10 penalty corners to the Terriers' two. With her two assists, Martin moved into a tie for the eighth most in program history (20).
PSU is back in Little East Conference play on Saturday (Oct. 21), when the Panthers travel to Westfield State for a 3:00 p.m. contest.
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