GORHAM, Maine – Senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) had a pair of goals, and sophomore Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) passed off three assists as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Plymouth State University Panthers 4-0 in a Little East Conference field hockey game Wednesday night at Hannaford Field.
Earning its second consecutive win, Southern Maine is 2-0 in Little East Conference action and 4-5 overall. Plymouth State is 3-4 with the loss, and 1-2 in LEC action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Huskies broke through late in the first quarter to snag a 1-0 lead. Sirois registered her first goal of the game in the 14th minute when she collected a pass touched across the circle from Ellis and knocked it up and over the stick of the PSU goalkeeper. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Huskies through the first half.
The Huskies scored a pair of quick goals in the third. Junior Hayden Spencer (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) scored her first goal of the season on a through ball poked into the circle from Ellis in the 40th minute, which was quickly followed by an unassisted goal from senior Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) in the 42nd for a 3-0 USM advantage headed into the third.
Sirois scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season late in regulation knocking in another centering pass from Ellis in the 58th minute for the 4-0 final.
PSU goalkeeper Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) made three saves in the loss for the Panthers. USM sophomore Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) had a strong game in net, making five saves. Pych's best save of the night came in the fourth when PSU freshman Mariah Craigue broke past the USM defense and was one on one in the circle. Pych came off her line and kicked the ball clear to preserve the shutout.
INSIDE THE STATS:
Both teams were even in shots with USM holding a slight 9-8 advantage. Plymouth State had an 8-5 lead in penalty corners.
Pych made three of her five saves in the fourth quarter.
Southern Maine travels to Western Connecticut on Saturday (11:00 am) for a Little East Conference contest. . .