Distler records seven saves in LEC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made seven saves, but Salem State University scored in the final 40 seconds to sneak past Plymouth State University, 1-0, in a Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey game at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School on Tuesday night.
PSU controlled the momentum early, but Salem State freshman Melanie Mason (Beverly, Mass.) was able to sneak a shot past Distler following a scrum in front of the net with just 37 seconds left in regulation.
Plymouth State dips to 6-7 overall and falls to 4-5 in the Little East, while Salem State improves to 9-5 and 5-4 in league play.
Plymouth State 0, Salem State 1
Plymouth State (6-7, 4-5 LEC)
Salem State (9-5, 5-4 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Plymouth State controlled the possession throughout the first quarter, but the Panthers were unable to break through.
- The action evened out during the second quarter, as each team had a couple opportunities but neither goalie would give up ground as the game went into halftime scoreless.
- Salem's first chance came in the 32nd minute when Mason fired a close range shot, but Distler was up to the challenge.
- PSU had a couple prime chances in the 41st minute when senior Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.) and sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) both had shots from within ten yards that were turned away by sophomore Kelli McCarthy (Foxborough, Mass.).
- Salem State had three penalty corners in the final minute of play and Mason was able to convert after a scrum in front of the net for the game-winner.
Inside the Numbers:
- Distler made seven stops but dropped to 2-3, while McCarthy picked up her third shutout of the season following an eight save effort.
- Mason's tally was her third of the year.
- PSU held a 16-9 advantage in shots and a 10-7 edge in penalty corners.
- Plymouth State heads to Bridgewater State on Saturday (Oct. 19) for an 11:00 a.m. LEC contest.
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