PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jennifer Beech (Devonshire, Bermuda) scored the game-winning goal six minutes into the first overtime Wednesday afternoon to lead Endicott College to a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference field hockey game at Arold Field.
Endicott controlled much of the play in the first half while Plymouth State dominated the second half, and the teams went into overtime tied at 1-1. Beech’s goal, which came following an Endicott penalty corner, pushed the Gulls to 3-0 on the season, while PSU dropped to 1-4.
The Gulls nearly got on the board three minutes into the game, but a shot by junior Michelle Berard (Ashland, Mass.) rang off the left goal post. Endicott had several first-half scoring opportunities, out-shooting the Panthers 12-9, before Berard finally put the Gulls on the board with 4:44 on the clock, finishing off a play that was started by senior Jennifer Rheaume (Blackstone, Mass.)
The second half was a different story, as PSU outshot the visitors 12-0. Endicott almost held on for a 1-0 win, but PSU freshman Lauren Plummer (Monument Beach, Mass.) set up sophomore Katie Chase (Goffstown, N.H.) for the tying goal with just 8:01 remaining. It was the first goal allowed by Endicott in three games this year.
Both goalies had solid games. PSU senior goalie Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) finished with six saves, all in the first half, and junior Chelsea DeFeo (York, Maine) recorded 18 saves, 11 in the second half.
PSU plays its fourth straight home game on Saturday, hosting Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference affair (12 noon). Endicott returns home to host Gordon on Saturday in a Commonwealth Coast Conference contest at 1:00 p.m.
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