Distler shines in goal for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore goalkeeper Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) easily set a career-high with an impressive 19 saves, but the Plymouth State University field hockey team fell to SUNY Cortland, 5-0, in the opening round of the Caryl Newhof Tournament hosted by Smith College on Saturday afternoon.
Despite facing an onslaught of shots in the opening half, Distler kept the Panthers close with 11 saves over the first 35 minutes alone. Cortland used a trio of goals midway through the second half to put the game away.
The Panthers fall to 0-1 and for the second straight year will face the University of Maine Farmington in the tournament's consolation round tomorrow (Sept. 2), while Cortland improves to 1-0 and advances to the tournament championship against host Smith.
Plymouth State 0, SUNY Cortland 5
Plymouth State 0-1
SUNY Cortland 1-0
How it Happened:
* Cortland took a 1-0 lead at the 12:41 mark of the first half when senior Dani Barto (Nichols, N.Y.) snuck a shot past Distler.
* Despite firing 23 shots in the opening 35 minutes, Distler and the Panthers' defense kept the deficit at just a single goal.
* Early in the second half the Red Dragons doubled their lead when junior Molly Quinlan (Fayetteville, N.Y.) found the back of the cage.
* Cortland put the game away with three goals in a span of 3:14 midway through the second half.
Inside the Numbers:
* Distler, who entered the game with less than 45 career minutes in goal, made a ridiculous 19 saves for the Panthers.
* Distler surpassed her career saves total (6) by the midpoint of the first half.
* Cortland fired 23 shots in the first half and 37 for the game and held a 9-0 advantage in penalty corners.
* PSU won the only other meeting between the two teams, topping the Red Dragons by a 3-2 score in 1998.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Jess [Distler] was awesome in goal," lauded head coach Bonnie Lord. "Kylie Ham played a great game and Mariah Luscher was playing the game of her life before suffering an injury. Maddie Ruffing came into camp being totally fundamentally sound and she absolutely amazed today."
* PSU will face UMaine Farmington in the consolation game for the second straight year. The teams will face off tomorrow (Sept. 2) at 10:30 a.m. Plymouth earned a 5-1 win in last year's contest.
* SUNY-Cortland advances to the championship game and will square off against host Smith tomorrow (Sept. 2) at 1:00 p.m.
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