Wakefield scores twice for Panthers in key LEC win
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) scored a pair of goals to lead Plymouth State University to a 4-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey game at Cressy Field on Tuesday evening.
Plymouth State blasted Corsairs' senior goalkeeper Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) with 17 first half shots, but the Panthers didn't break through until just before the half expired. PSU was awarded a penalty corner with just one second remaining in the half and senior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) took advantage to notch her first goal of the year.
Junior Kaihley Rafferty (Salem, Conn.) made it 2-0 ten minutes into the second half, but UMD cut the deficit in half with just over 11 minutes remaining. Wakefield restored the two goal advantage just a minute later, then added some extra insurance later in the half.
With the win Plymouth State improves to 4-7 and evens its record at 4-4 in the LEC, while UMass Dartmouth drops to 2-11 (1-7 LEC).
Plymouth State 4, UMass Dartmouth 1
Plymouth State 4-7, 4-4 LEC
UMass Dartmouth 2-11, 1-7 LEC
How it Happened:
* PSU had an early opportunity after 11 minutes of play when sophomore Laura Secone (Harpswell, Maine) was selected to take a penalty stroke, but Burke made a full extension to her right and forced the shot to roll wide of the post.
* Despite the first horn buzzer going off, Plymouth State still had a penalty corner to take and Newhard was able to corral a loose ball at the top of the arc and blast it past Burke for the 1-0 lead.
* Rafferty extended the lead in the 45th minute. Freshman Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) and Newhard both had shots stopped by Burke, but Rafferty collected the rebound and tucked a shot just inside the near post for a 2-0 lead.
* The Corsairs got on the scoreboard in the 59th minute. A hard shot by freshman Kylie Dias (Fall River, Mass.) was redirected past PSU sophomore goalkeeper Jess Distler (Brookfield, Mass.) by sophomore Mikella DaSilva (Fall River, Mass.) to make it 2-1.
* Wakefield countered just under a minute later to restore the two goal lead, then added an insurance marker four minutes later to wrap up the victory.
Inside the Numbers:
* With two goals, Wakefield moves into the team lead with six on the season.
* Rafferty's tally was her fifth of the year, tied with freshman Mariah Luscher (Holderness, N.H.) for the second most.
* The Panthers set a season high with 38 shots, outshooting UMass Dartmouth by a 38-12 margin including a 28-6 advantage in shots on goal.
* Plymouth State held a 6-1 edge in penalty corners through the first half, and a 9-4 advantage for the game.
* Burke set a new season high with 24 saves.
* PSU has won each of the last five meetings between the two teams, and owns a 25-11-1 against the Corsairs dating back to the 1986 season.
* Plymouth State knocked off UMD in the opening round of the LEC Tournament last fall.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We had great team effort and execution tonight," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "All three goals were textbook and the midfield was in sync shutting down the UMD transition all night. It was a great win. We [the coaching staff] are not only pleased, but impressed."
* PSU hosts Keene State for another LEC contest on Saturday (Oct. 13). The rivals are set to meet at 11:00 a.m. at the New Hampton School.
* UMass Dartmouth heads to Clark on Saturday (Oct. 13) for a non-conference game at 11:30 a.m.
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