Ford tallies third goal as Panthers fall on Senior Day
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Shannon Ford (Bow, N.H.) picked up her third goal of the season, but the Plymouth State University field hockey team's second half comeback attempt fell short as St. Joseph's College earned a 4-1 win to spoil the Panthers' Senior Day festivities at the New Hampton School on Monday evening.
The Monks charged out of the gate, controlling play through the first half while building a 3-0 lead. SJC picked up a fourth goal early in the second half before the Panthers' offense began to click. Ford cut the deficit to 4-1 in the 63rd minute, and PSU had a couple additional late scoring chances, but St. Joseph's was able to hold on for the win.
Prior to the game the Panthers honored senior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.), who played in her final home game. Newhard, who was joined by her father and sister on the field, has started all 66 games over her four year career.
With the setback PSU drops to 5-10, while the Monks improve to 16-1 on the year.
Plymouth State 1, St. Joseph's 4
Plymouth State 5-10
St. Joseph's 16-1
How it Happened:
* St. Joseph's took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when junior Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) settled the ball from 12 yards out, then slapped a backhanded shot to the right post for her team-leading 16th goal of the year.
* The Panthers nearly got the goal back less than three minutes later. Sophomore Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) broke away, then passed to freshman Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) who made a rush up the right side, but her shot to the near side was blocked away by Monks' senior goalkeeper Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine).
* The visitors doubled the lead in the 23rd minute. Junior Maddy Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine) took a shot from the right side that freshman Emma Rutledge (Alfred, Maine) redirected into the goal past sophomore Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.).
* Pomerleau made a bid for her second of the game in the 31st minute, but Distler made a beautiful diving save to her left.
* SJC took a 3-0 lead with just 2:30 left in the first half. Rutledge sent a pass to freshman Leah Mayes (Lebanon, N.H.), whose shot took a funny hop and bounced past Distler.
* Senior Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) made it 4-0 with a rebound goal less than two minutes into the second half.
* The Panthers' offense picked up some momentum after that, controlling play through the midfield leading to multiple scoring opportunities.
* PSU broke through in the 63rd minute when Wakefield made a move around a Monks' defender before sending a long pass to Ford on the near post. Ford poked the ball through Baker's legs to cut the deficit to 4-1.
* It looked like Ford would notch her second goal just three minutes later when her shot from the right side got behind Baker, but the goalkeeper recovered, making a dive to knock the ball off the goal line with her stick.
Inside the Numbers:
* The Monks outshot PSU by a 27-4 margin, including 20-1 in the first half.
* Distler registered 11 saves for the second straight game and finished with double-digit saves for the fourth time this season.
* Ford became the third PSU freshman with three or more goals, joining Mezquita (four) and Mariah Luscher (Holderness, N.H.), who has five.
* Twelve of the Panthers' 26 goals have come from freshmen.
* The Panthers have gone 4-6 against St. Joseph's since 2007, with the teams trading 1-0 wins in the last two meetings.
* Plymouth State gears up for a huge Little East Conference game on Saturday (Oct. 27) at noon. The Panthers head to Worcester State knowing a win will guarantee a spot in the LEC Tournament.
* St. Joseph's wraps up its regular season on Wednesday (Oct. 24) with a 7:00 p.m. Senior Day contest against GNAC foe Lasell.
|Plymouth State senior Patty Newhard with her sister and father.|
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