PSU Field Hockey rebounds to beat UMaine Farmington

PSU Field Hockey rebounds to beat UMaine Farmington

Bates selected to All-Tournament Team

           NORTH HAMPTON, Mass. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team rebounded from a one-goal loss in the opening game of the Caryl Neuhof Classic to topple the University of Maine Farmington, 5-1, in the tournament's consolation game played at Smith College.

           Senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) and sophomore Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) each scored twice, while senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) was named to the All-Tournament Team after making 18 saves and sporting just a 1.08 goals against average in the two games over the weekend.

           "We had outstanding team play from all three lines," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "Alivia Bates had another strong day in goal and just a tremendous credit to our captains in their leadership and our entire roster for their motivation following Saturday's loss."

           The Panthers (1-1) outshot the Beavers 26-13 and held a 22-12 advantage in shots on goal. PSU also held a 14-4 edge in penalty corners. UMaine Farmington fell to 0-2 after suffering a 5-2 setback to SUNY Cortland on Saturday.

           Kabasakalian got Plymouth State on the board first when she took a feed from freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) and beat the UMF keeper just over 14 minutes into the game. Martin doubled the lead in the 28th minute on an unassisted strike and the Panthers would take the 2-0 lead into halftime. Bates turned away all six shots on goal in the first half.

           Junior Emma Martineau (Greene, Maine) cut the lead to 2-1 less than three minutes into the second half, but the Panther offense kept up the pressure. The Panthers had four shots and forced three penalty corners over the next seven minutes with sophomore Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.) finally breaking through with a goal after an assist from classmate Keeley Bartolini (Topsham, Maine).

           Martin and Kabasakalian both added unassisted goals over a six-minute span to increase the advantage to 5-1. Freshman Jessica Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) relieved Bates in goal for the final ten minutes, turning away all four shots she faced.

           "We were very happy to see Jess perform well as the closer," added Lord. "This was a great launching point for us as we open our Little East Conference (LEC) campaign this week."

           Plymouth State will open its home schedule with its first LEC game of the year on Wednesday (Sept. 6). PSU will host Eastern Connecticut State University at Kennedy Field on the campus of the New Hampton School (New Hampton, N.H.), with game time slated for 7:00 p.m.


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