PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four different players scored as the Plymouth State University Panthers defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 4-1 in a Little East Conference field hockey game Wednesday afternoon in Plymouth, N.H.
With its second consecutive conference loss, Southern Maine falls to 6-7 overall and 3-3 in the Little East Conference. Plymouth State improves to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the Little East.
Sophomore forward Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H./Somersworth) and freshman forward Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H./Mascoma) each scored within three minutes of each other in the first half to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the break. Carroll notched an unassisted goal collected a rebound off of a Southern Maine defensive save in the 19th minute and Garvey finished a redirected ball from senior midfielder Christina Parisi (Hampton Falls, N.H./Winnacunnet) in the 22nd minute.
Sophomore forward Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) put the Panthers ahead 3-0 in the 50th minute, before Husky junior Rachel Trafton (Corinth, Maine/Central) scored her second goal of the season less than a minute later to trim the USM deficit to 3-1.
The Panthers clinched the 4-1 final in the 60th minute when senior midfielder Lauren Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H./Newfound) sent a diagonal pass to the left side of the cage and found senior back Erin Norris (Hilton, N.Y./Hilton Central) for the goal.
USM sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 10 saves in the loss. Plymouth State junior Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H./Berlin) made a pair of saves in the win.
Southern Maine hosts UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game. The Huskies' will be hosting their annual "Think Pink" event and will be selling t-shirts and ribbons. All proceeds from the event will be donated to breast cancer research.
Plymouth State University hosts Fitchburg State on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) in a LEC game.