Panthers looking forward to home opener on Saturday
GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine scored twice in an 84 second span on its way to a 4-0 win over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey game at Hannaford Field on Wednesday night.
The Huskies got on the board late in the first quarter and maintained the narrow advantage into the half, but a pair of quick strikes in the third quarter and an insurance goal late put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
With the setback PSU drops to 3-4 and 1-2 in the Little East, while Southern Maine moves to 4-5 and 2-0 in conference play.
Plymouth State 0, Southern Maine 4
Plymouth State (3-4, 1-2 LEC)
Southern Maine (4-5, 2-0 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Southern Maine took the lead with just over a minute remaining in the opening quarter on a goal from senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine).
- The Panthers put pressure on the USM defense to open the third quarter, earning three penalty corners and firing a shot wide in the first six minutes of action.
- USM doubled its lead in the 40th minute on a goal by junior Hayden Spencer (Sabattus, Maine) and senior Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine) scored just 84 seconds later to make it 3-0.
- Sirois notched her second goal of the game in the 58th minute to cap the scoring.
Inside the Numbers:
- Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) made three saves in a losing effort to fall to 1-3, while USM goalie Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J.) made five stops.
- Freshman Mariah Craigue (Tuftonboro, N.H.) and sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) led the Panthers' offense with two shots apiece.
- PSU finally opens its home schedule on Saturday (Sept. 28) when the Panthers host Framingham State in an LEC contest at the New Hampton School. The noon match will also serve as Plymouth State's annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Game.
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