PSU Field Hockey falls to Manhattanville to close USM Invitational

PSU Field Hockey falls to Manhattanville to close USM Invitational

Panthers set sights on Colby-Sawyer next weekend

            GORHAM, Maine – Junior Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) had three shots on goal, but the Plymouth State University field hockey team was unable to find the back of the cage as the Panthers fell to Manhattanville College, 2-0, at the USM Invitational at Hannaford Field on Saturday afternoon.

            The Valiants got on the board just 92 seconds into the game and despite multiple scoring chances PSU was unable to even the score. Manhattanville added an insurance goal in the third quarter to account for the final score.

            Plymouth State moves to 1-1, while Manhattanville is unbeaten in two games.

 

            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 0, Manhattanville 2

 

            Plymouth State (1-1)

            Manhattanville (2-0)

 

            How it Happened:

  • Manhattanville came out with early pressure to start the game. The Valiants had a pair of penalty corner chances and senior Ameerah Thomas (Norfolk, Va.) capitalized on the second opportunity for an early lead.
  • Plymouth State had a chance to knot the game late in the second quarter. Sophomore Natalie Perry (Conway, N.H.) had her shot saved off a penalty corner attempt, though, and a shot from sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) was stopped by a Manhattanville defender.
  • PSU had another chance at the end of the half. This time it was McPherson who was stoned by the Valiants' goalie, and senior Keeley Bartolini (Topsham, Maine) had her shot deflected by another defender.
  • Manhattanville made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute when junior Lexi Crites (Middleboro, Mass.) tipped a deflected pass into the upper net.
  • Plymouth State kept the offensive pressure on in the fourth quarter, but junior goalie Elaina Nacinovich (Patterson, N.Y.) made two more saves to preserve the shutout.

 

            Inside the Numbers:

  • PSU held an 8-6 advantage in shots and 6-3 edge in shots on goal.
  • Nacinovich finished with four saves to pick up her first win of the year (1-0), while PSU junior goalie Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made one stop to drop to 1-1.

 

            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

"It was a defensive game," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "Unfortunately we were unable to finish. We had some great opportunities to score with the ball inches from the goal line, but couldn't cash in. Manhattanville was solid in all positions."

 

            Up Next:

  • Plymouth State heads to Colby-Sawyer next Saturday (Sept. 7) for a noon clash with the Chargers.

 

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