Distler, Panthers' defense stellar in overtime loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made a season high 11 saves and the Plymouth State University defense was spectacular, but Saint Joseph's College was able to squeak out a narrow, 1-0, overtime win in a non-conference field hockey game at the SJC Athletic Complex on Monday night.
St. Joe's applied steady offensive pressure throughout, but Distler and the Panthers' back line were up to the challenge as the game remained scoreless into overtime. Midway through the overtime period, sophomore Emma Rutledge (Alfred, Maine) broke through to give the Monks the win.
Plymouth State falls to 7-9, while St. Joe's, ranked third in the most recent NCAA Division III regional rankings, improves to 15-3.
Plymouth State 0, Saint Joseph's 1 (OT)
Plymouth State (7-9)
Saint Joseph's (15-3)
How it Happened:
- The Monks maintain possession for the better part of the game, but were unable to solve Distler.
- Saint Joseph's had several close opportunities to break the deadlock during regulation, as twice the Monks had shots hit the post in the third quarter.
- Rutledge took a feed off a restart along the left side and made a strong move to get past a sprawling Distler to tally the game-winner 4:31 into overtime.
Inside the Numbers:
- Distler finished with 11 saves, matching the most saves since her 12-save effort against Bridgewater State on Sept. 8 of last fall. She also made 11 saves when the two teams squared off last fall.
- SJC held a 23-1 advantage in shots, with the Panthers' lone attempt coming from freshman Hailey Patridge (Holderness, N.H.) in the third quarter.
- Senior Kylie Ham (Wayland, Mass.), juniors Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) and Olivia Geisser (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) played key roles for the strong PSU defense, while senior Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) and sophomore Leah Mayes (Lebanon, N.H.) were solid in the midfield.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It was a great game by both teams," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "Just a huge game by Jess [Distler] in goal and the defense played their strongest game of the season. We need to get our attack on board, but I'm very pleased with our efforts and strategy as we look towards Westfield."
- Plymouth State hosts LEC foe Westfield State at the Holderness School for a Senior Day contest on Saturday (Nov. 2) at 12:00 p.m. PSU is assured of a spot in the Little East Conference Tournament next week, but can finish anywhere from sixth to eighth depending on the day's results.
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