Owls Upset by Panthers 3-2 in ECAC Quaterfinals
KEENE, N.H. 11/11/09 - The eighth-seeded Plymouth State College field hockey team upset top-seeded Keene State College 3-1 in ECAC Quarterfinal action at Owl Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon. The loss ends the Keene State season at 18-6, while the win advances Plymouth State to the ECAC Semifinals and will face the winner of WPI and New England College.
Plymouth State had the first scoring chance of the contest with sophomore midfielder Laura Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H.) and senior forward Morgan Lemmon (Gilford, N.H.) each taking shots at Keene State goalie Vikki Stoessel (Derry, N.H.) less than a minute apart from each other. Stoessel was up to the task setting aside both scoring chances to shift momentum back to the Keene State.
The Owls used that momentum to hit the scoreboard first at the 12:39 mark, when sophomore forward Elizabeth Coffin (Sugar Hill, N.H.) took a pass from sophomore midfielder Chelsea Blackmer (Boylston, Mass.) and beat Panther goaltender Hannah Sawyer (Kingston, N.H.) to make it 1-0 KSC.
Plymouth State would even the game at one ten minutes later as senior forward Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.) ripped a rebound past the dive of Stoessel from inside the circle to make it 1-1.
Just over three minutes later the Panthers took the lead as junior midfielder as Courtney McLaughlin (Bellingham, Mass.) netted her fourth goal of the season to make it 2-1 visitors at the half.
In the second half, after four unsuccessful corners, Keene State grabbed the equalizer as sophomore forward Jacki Benson (Hampstead, N.H.) took the ball away from the Panther defenders and tallied her 10th goal of the season with 14 minutes remaining in regulation.
Plymouth fought right back, with just over 10 minutes left, after an Owl foul in the circle and a Panther corner, Lemmon took a backhanded shot for her fourth goal of the year and second game-winner, to give the visitors the 3-2 victory.
Keene State was outshot by the Panthers 18-12 and had only nine corners to Plymouth's 13.
Stoessel saved ten shots in the losing effort, while Sawyer stopped five shots to pick up the victory.