Mezquita scores twice as Lord earns 250th career win
FITCHBURG, Mass. – Sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) scored a pair of goals and sophomore goalkeeper Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) earned her first career shutout as Plymouth State University blanked Fitchburg State University, 3-0, in a Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey contest at Elliot Field on Saturday.
Mezquita tallied a pair of first quarter goals and senior Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.) added some insurance in the second quarter as the Panthers dominated play throughout. PSU outshot the Falcons by a 23-3 margin on the day.
With the win Plymouth State evens its record at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the LEC. The victory was the 250th career win for head coach Bonnie Lord. Fitchburg State drops to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Plymouth State 3, Fitchburg State 0
Plymouth State (3-3, 1-1 LEC)
Fitchburg State (1-7, 0-2 LEC)
How it Happened:
- PSU took a 1-0 lead at the 11:39 mark of the first quarter when sophomore Natalie Perry (Conway, N.H.) drove a ball from midfield up the right side to Mezquita, who had gotten behind the Falcons' defense. Mezquita fired a quick shot to the far post for her second goal of the year.
- The Panthers doubled the lead less than three minutes later. PSU fired multiple shots off a penalty corner and Mezquita cleaned up a rebound with a shot that deflected off the left post and in.
- Ham made it 3-0 when she found the back of the cage in the final minute of the second quarter. Junior Haley Wakefield (Norway, Maine) pushed the ball in front from the top of the circle and classmate Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) redirected the pass to Ham, whose shot slipped under the dive of the Fitchburg goalie.
- Neither team would find the back of the cage in the second half.
Inside the Numbers:
- PSU held a 23-3 advantage in shots and a 7-4 edge in penalty corners.
- Allard went untested, as none of the three Falcons' shots were on goal, to earn her first collegiate win (1-2) and shutout. Her counterpart, freshman Colleen Lamprey (Cherry Valley, Mass.), made 15 saves in the loss.
- Ham's goals were her first two tallies of the year.
- In her 20th season, Lord is the longest tenured coach in program history. Her 250 wins are the most all-time and more than double the next highest total (Dot Diehl had 120 over her 16 years in the 1970s and 1980s).
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"All three of our goals were textbook … absolutely beautiful," said Lord. "Big time props to Kate [McPherson]. She really anchored the defense, but was a huge part of the midfield group as well. I felt like we played well and executed what we'd been working on. We will take the win and build on it as we get ready for Southern Maine next week."
- Plymouth State stays in Little East play with a visit to Southern Maine on Wednesday (Sept. 25). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
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