Ruffing notches first career goal in season finale
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Maddie Ruffing (Durham, N.C.) scored her first collegiate goal but Plymouth State University fell to Worcester State University, 4-1, in a Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey game at Coughlin Field on Saturday.
The Lancers wasted little time getting on the board with a goal in the 3rd minute. Ruffing answered to even the score 13 minutes later, but Worcester State retook the lead with 5:42 left in the half with a penalty stroke goal. The home team added a pair of second half goals to put the game away.
Plymouth State falls to 5-11 overall and 5-7 in the LEC to finish tied for eighth with Eastern Connecticut State University. ECSU captures the eighth seed for the LEC Tournament by virtue of the Warriors win over PSU in late September. Worcester State improves to 13-6 and 9-3 in the LEC and will be the fourth seed.
Plymouth State 1, Worcester State 4
Plymouth State 5-11, 5-7 LEC
Worcester State 13-6, 9-3 LEC
How it Happened:
* Junior Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) put the Lancers up early with her goal in the game's third minute. Antonelli took a feed at the left post from junior Katelyn Santos (Acushnet, Mass.) and deposited her 15th goal of the year.
* Plymouth State would come up with an answer in the 16sth minute when Ruffing tallied her first career goal.
* Antonelli recorded her second goal of the game on a penalty stroke late in the opening half to give the Lancers a halftime lead.
* Senior Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) extended the Lancers' lead midway through the second half and Rachel Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) closed out the scoring in the final four minutes.
Inside the Numbers:
* Sophomore Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made six stops in the losing effort, falling to 5-11 on the year. Her counterpart, Jess Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) made four saves to improve to 13-6.
* Worcester State outshot the Panthers by a 16-8 margin.
* Plymouth earned six penalty corners to the Lancers' three.
* PSU drops to 19-6 all-time against Worcester State. The Lancers have won each of the last four meetings.
* The loss marked the final game in the career of senior Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.).
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I couldn't be more proud of this team," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "They played hard, played fair and played to win all season. Most of all, they played together every game and today they gave their best in absolutely horrific weather conditions. We were exceptionally young this year and the experiences gained will pay dividends next year. I'm thrilled for Maddie [Ruffing], who scored a textbook goal, and the outstanding play of Patty [Newhard]."
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