By Eli Brewer
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Seniors Amanda Gutowski (Conway, N.H.), Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.), and Caitlin Moran (Rowley, Mass.) celebrated their last regular season home game Saturday afternoon, guiding Plymouth State University to a 3-1 win over Framingham State College in a Little East Conference field hockey contest at Arold Field.
Plymouth State, riding a seven-game winning streak, completes the regular season at 13-3 overall and in second place in the LEC with an 8-2 mark. The Panthers will host Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday (2:30 p.m.) in the first round of the LEC Tournament. Framingham State, which fell to 9-6 overall, finishes in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference (with Westfield State and Worcester State), all with 6-4 conference marks.
Saturday’s game started out as a defensive struggle with Metz and the PSU defense holding Framingham State without any shots in the first half. Plymouth State went on to post a 16-7 advantage in shots for the game.
FSC senior Amanda Seely (Wakefield, Mass.) opened the second-half scoring with the first goal of her collegiate career only three minutes after the break. Plymouth State answered at 24:46 with an unassisted goal by Gutowski, her 11th of the season, and two minutes later junior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) scored off of a crossing pass from Moran, her 21st of the season and the eventual game-winner.
Plymouth State never looked back, adding an insurance goal by sophomore Christina Farias (Derry, N.H.) with just over four minutes left in the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay McKearney (N.Attleboro, Mass.) made eight saves for the Rams, while freshman goalie Katie Randall (Portsmouth, N.H.) recorded four stops for the Panthers.
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