Western falls to Plymouth State in Little East opener, 4-1


DANBURY, CT (Sept. 8) —  Freshman forward Leah Kenison-Marvin (Center Tuftonboro, NH) scored a pair of goals and helped lift visiting Plymouth State University to a 4-1 field hockey victory over Western Connecticut State University at The WAC on Saturday afternoon.

Kenison-Marvin got the Panthers on the scoreboard when she finished off a short pass from Jackie Morin (Scarborough, ME) in the mouth of the cage for her fifth goal of the season.

The Colonials, 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Little East Conference, knotted the game at 1-1 when Victoria Vitale (West Milford, NJ) notched her third goal of the season. After starting the penalty corner, Vitale received a pass from Deanne Mastrocola (Goshen, CT) and snuck it by Panthers' keeper Hilary Lemelin (Milan, NH).

It was the last goal Lemelin would yield and she would go on to make five saves on the day.

Plymouth, 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the league, scored two more goals before the intermission. First, Kristen Morris (Stoughton, MA), who had just entered the contest, scored her third goal of the season at the 19:50 mark. About three minutes later, Kenison-Marvin added her second marker of the afternoon on an unassisted tally.

Emily Davis (Boscowen, NH) added an insurance goal with 11:36 left in the game. She finished off a flurry of Plymouth State shots with her first goal of the season.

Western goalies split time with Courtney Hearn (New Fairfield, CT) suffering the loss and making two saves over the first 35 minutes. Freshman Kaeley DeNegre (North Branford, CT) made four saves before the Colonials opted for the extra player for the final 5:38.

The Colonials play host to Ramapo College on Wednesday, September 12. Game time is slated for 7 pm.

NOTES: The game's start was delayed 40 minutes due to a Tornado Warning.

Field Hockey Game Summary (Final)
2012 Western Field Hockey Statistics
Plymouth State vs Western Connecticut (Sep 08, 2012 at Danbury, Conn.)

Plymouth State (2-1, 1-0 LEC) vs. Western Connecticut (2-2, 0-1 LEC)
Date: Sep 08, 2012 Attendance: 56
Weather: Heavy rain and very humid

Goals by period........ 1 2 Tot
Plymouth State......... 3 1 4
Western Connecticut.... 1 0 1

1 6:45 PSU Leah Kenison-Marvin (5) (Jackie Morin)
2 8:10 WCSU Victoria Vitale (3) (Deanne Mastrocola) - off corner
3 19:50 PSU Kristen Morris (3) (unassisted)
4 23:08 PSU Leah Kenison-Marvin (6) (unassisted)
5 58:24 PSU Emily Davis (1) (unassisted)

Shots: Plymouth State 18, Western Connecticut 10
Saves: Plymouth State 5 (Hilary Lemelin 5), Western Connecticut 8
(Kaeley DeNegre 4; Courtney Hearn 2; TEAM 2)