Four Panthers score in home opener
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Goals by four different members of the Plymouth State University field hockey team led the Panthers to a Little East Conference (LEC) win over Framingham State University, 4-1, in PSU's home opener at Kennedy Field on the campus of the New Hampton School on Saturday afternoon.
PSU scored twice in the first five minutes to take an early lead and the home team never looked back.
Prior to the game, both teams participated in an on-field ceremony as part of Plymouth State's annual Childhood Cancer Awareness game. PSU sold merchandise and accepted donations to support the Dana Farber Research Center for Pediatric Cancers.
With the win the Panthers even their record at 4-4 (2-2 LEC), while Framingham State drops to 2-6 and 1-3 in league play.
Plymouth State 4, Framingham State 1
Plymouth State 4-4-0, 2-2 LEC
Framingham State 2-6-0, 1-3 LEC
How it Happened:
- Plymouth State started the scoring early in the first quarter off a goal by sophomore Mariah Luscher (Holderness, N.H.). Luscher was able to fire in a rebound in the circle when junior Haley Wakefield's (Norway, Maine) shot was blocked by a defender in front of the net.
- PSU tacked on another goal just nine seconds later when sophomore Leah Mayes (Lebanon, N.H.) redirected a shot from classmate Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.).
- In the first five minutes of the second quarter, freshman Mariah Craigue (Tuftonboro, N.H.) scored her first goal of her career to push the advantage to 3-0. Craigue received a pass from junior Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) deep in the circle and beat the FSU keeper.
- Plymouth State scored a fourth goal off of a shot by junior Haley Wakefield (Norway, Maine) after corralling a loose ball that was knocked around the inside of the circle. She immediately took the shot and it went into the back of the net.
- Framingham State spoiled the shutout bid when sophomore Jordan O'Boyle (Bradford, Mass.) scored in the 45th minute to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
- The Panthers held a 9-5 shot advantage.
- The Rams led with ten penalty corners to the Plymouth State's eight.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) improved to 2-3 on the season while stopping three shots on goal. Counterpart Grace Pushor (Old Town, Maine) made five saves, but fell to 2-6.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I was very pleased with the first half," stated head coach Bonnie Lord. "We had all the jets running. A lot of people got to play today, which is important because we need to have all those bodies going forward. I was glad to see the goal scoring early, and getting the ball down towards the goal."
- Plymouth State hosts rival Keene State on Tuesday (Oct. 1) for a 7:00 p.m. LEC contest at the New Hampton School.
|Both teams at midfield during the pregame ceremony as part of Plymouth State's Childhood Cancer Awareness Game|
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