Wakefield scores for Panthers in narrow defeat
HENNIKER, N.H. – Junior Haley Wakefield (Norway, Maine) picked up her third goal of the season and Plymouth State University scored on its first shoot-out attempt, but New England College rallied for a 2-1 win in non-conference field hockey action at Don Melander Field on Tuesday night.
Each team scored a single time in regulation, with the Pilgrims taking the lead in the second quarter before Wakefield tied it in the third. After a pair of scoreless overtime periods the game went into a shoot-out, where junior Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) scored on the Panthers' first attempt. NEC rallied with goals in rounds three and five, though, to earn the win by the narrowest of margins.
With the loss the Panthers fall to 2-3, while NEC goes to 4-1.
Plymouth State 1, NEC 2 (Shoot-out)
Plymouth State (2-3)
How it Happened:
- After a scoreless first quarter, NEC took the lead midway through the second when a turnaround shot from the right side by freshman Lilli McCormack (Guilford, Maine) was tapped in by classmate Makenna Platte (Manchester, N.H.).
- PSU countered in the third quarter when Wakefield snuck behind the defense, collected a long pass from sophomore Leah Mayes (Lebanon, N.H.) and pushed it past NEC freshman goalie Ellie Philben (Havre de Grace, Md.).
- Neither team was able to break the tie in regulation sending the game into overtime.
- The Panthers had a prime chance in the final minute of the second overtime when sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) took a long feed for a one-on-one chance, but Philben came off her line and made a sliding play to clear the ball.
- NEC went first in the five-round shoot-out, but the shot went wide left and McPherson snuck the ball through Philben's legs and finished for a 1-0 lead after the first round.
- The Pilgrims missed on their second attempt, but Philben made a sprawling save to keep the margin at one through the second round.
- Graduate student Brittany Tierney (Ottawa, Ontario) moved left, then made a sharp cut back to the right and found an opening, and Philben came out and smothered Mezquita's attempt to tie the shoot-out at one.
- Philben and sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) both made nice saves in the fourth round to keep the shoot-out all square.
- Freshman Alivia Proulx (Londonderry, N.H.) put the hosts ahead when her backhanded shot found the back of the cage, and PSU was unable to answer in their final attempt as the Pilgrims earned the win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Allard was solid again in her second straight start in the cage. She made a career-high six saves but fell to 0-2. Philben made four stops to improve to 4-1.
- Wakefield led all players with five shots on goal and now leads the team with three goals and six points.
- NEC had a slight 12-11 edge in total shots, thought PSU led 9-7 in shots on goal.
- The Pilgrims made four defensive saves.
- Plymouth State had an 8-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"It is hard to fight that hard for that long and not have the result," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "Meaghan [Allard] did a great job and was as cool as they come in the one-vs-one overtime. We are still growing."
- PSU is back in Little East action when the Panthers visit Fitchburg State on Saturday (Sept. 21) for a 10:00 a.m. contest.
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