NEW HAMPTON, Mass. – In an exciting, fast-paced first round of the Little East Conference Tournament, No. 3 seed Plymouth State scored three second-half goals to knock off the No. 6 seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 4-2 on Friday night at New Hampton School.
Score: Plymouth State 4, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Plymouth State (12-5, 9-3 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (9-10, 6-6 LEC)
How it Happened
Plymouth State opened up the scoring just under 10 minutes into the back-and-forth postseason contest. Senior Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) fired a cross into the circle, finding freshman Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) in the right place at the right time to deflect the ball into the corner of the goal for a 1-0 host advantage. UMass Dartmouth answered back 15 minutes later when junior Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) weaved through several Panthers from the right sideline at midfield to the left post, finding the back of the goal to tie the match.
Not to be outdone by her classmate, Corsair sophomore Katrina Perry (Raynham, Mass.) scored a goal of her own on the assist from Ciara Anderson (Medway, Mass.) following the Corsairs' third penalty corner of the half, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.
With 14:07 remaining in regulation, Plymouth State's Patty Newhard (South Dennis, Mass.) rocketed a ball from the right side of the field to senior captain Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) to even the scoring. At the 64:08 mark, Martin scooped up Maddie Kabasakalian's (Kent, Conn.) pass and snuck in the go-ahead goal for the Panthers to put the hosts up 3-2. Plymouth State eventually put the game out of reach via another goal by Wakefield, finishing in traffic for a two-goal margin.
Inside the Numbers
- Opposing goalies Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) and Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) made seven saves each on the evening.
- The Panthers outshot the Corsairs, 25-10, with the hosts holding the slight edge in shots on goal, 11-9.
- Corsair classmates Brown and Anderson each scored in the same game for the third time this season (Sept. 12 vs. Clark, Oct. 7 at Westfield.)
UMass Dartmouth closes the season at 9-10 overall, with Plymouth State advancing to the LEC Semifinals next Wednesday.