PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State College scored two first half goals and held on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 3-1 Saturday in a key Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.
With the victory, the Panthers (6-9 overall, 2-2 LEC) clinch third place in the LEC regular season, and will face second-seeded Southern Maine in an LEC semi-final at 6 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 30) at top-seeded Keene State. The Corsairs (7-8 overall, 1-3 LEC) finish fourth in the LEC regular season, and will host fifth-place Eastern Connecticut in an LEC play-in game this Thursday (Oct. 28) in North Dartmouth, Mass.
The LEC championship game is next Sunday (Oct. 31) at Keene State, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, ME) put PSC on the board first with her fifth goal of the season just six minutes into the game, redirecting a pass from classmate Katie Dodge (Sanbornton, NH). Midway through the half, sophomore Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, CA) gave PSC a 2-0 lead, blasting a shot from close range with an assist from classmate Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, ME).
The Corsairs cut the lead in half with 11 minutes remaining in the half, as senior Ashley Dorman (Harwich, Mass.) connected on her team-leading ninth of the season with an assist from junior Jen McGuiness (East Taunton, MA). UMD outshot the Panthers 7-4 in the first half, but trailed 2-1.
The second half was all Panthers, as PSC had an 11-2 advantage in shots and scored the only goal. That came with less than four minutes remaining when sophomore Danielle Cardin (Southampton, NH) picked up a loose ball and connected on her second of the season.
PSC goalie Martha Dennerly (Concord, NH) made five saves, and UMD keeper Jennifer Burrows (Hubbardston, MA) made nine saves, including seven in the second half.
Both schools conclude the regular season with a non-conference game Tuesday (Oct. 26) – PSC at Middlebury
(3 p.m.) and UMD at home against Merrimack (3:30 p.m.).