Panthers fall to #2 Cadets
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Julie Fortier recorded four goals and two assists and classmates Amanda Wilks and Melissa Rundlett collected two goals and multiple assists apiece Saturday afternoon as Norwich University defeated Plymouth State University, 14-0, in ECAC Women's East Conference action at Hanaway Rink.
The Cadets, ranked #2 in the latest Division III national poll, scored three goals in the first period before putting the game away with four more in the middle frame. Norwich won its fourth game in a row to improve to 18-2-1 overall and 15-0-1 in league play (first place). PSU, playing its final home game of the season, falls to 1-15-3 and 1-11-2.
Freshman Tyne Gove put the Cadets on the board less than five minutes into the game with her 12th goal of the season. Fortier followed with her first of the game at the seven-minute mark, and sophomore Renee Lortie made it 3-0 with a power play goal at 10:43.
Wilks potted her first of the afternoon and eighth of the season three minutes into the second period, and sophomore Kayla Lascelle tallied an unassisted marker three minutes later. Wilks and Rundlett added two more goals before the end of the period to make it 7-0.
Fortier added her national-leading 22nd, 23rd and 24th goals of the season to open the third period scoring. The Cadets rounded out the scoring with four more goals in the final nine minutes.
Norwich finished with a 53-5 advantage in shots on goal. PSU sophomore goalie Ali Ponte had a busy day and finished with 39 saves. Cadet netminders Joanie Plamondon and Caroline Barth combined to make five saves.
PSU wraps up the regular season with four straight road games, beginning next Friday at New England College. Norwich plays a key non-conference game Wednesday at Plattsburgh.
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