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PSC Women's Lax downs Keene State in NEWLA play-off opener

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Faith Wahlen (Hampstead, NH) scored four goals and set up two others Friday at Arold Field, leading Plymouth State College to a 15-8 victory over Keene State College in the opening round of the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance play-offs.

The Panthers advance to the NEWLA semi-finals for the second straight season. PSC will host the University of New England Friday (Apr. 30) at Arold Field (4:00 p.m.), after UNE posted an 18-15 upset victory over defending champion New England College on Wednesday.

With the victory, Plymouth State improves to 11-4 on the season under first-year coach Abby Burbank, while Keene State finishes its second varsity season with a 6-8 overall record.

PSC scored six unanswered goals midway through the first half, turning a tie game into a 9-3 Panther advantage. The Owls were within four goals (11-7) with 19 minutes to go in the second half, but PSC rattled off the next four goals to take an insurmountable 15-7 lead.

Wahlen had her best game of the season, assisting on PSC's first two goals and scoring twice in each half. She got offensive support from sophomore Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, NH) and freshmen Janet Conner (South Freeport, ME) and Robin Hartman (Reisterstown, MD), who all scored two goals apiece. Junior Amanda Beedy (New Hampton, NH) tallied a goal and two assists, classmate Jess Shapiro (Windsor Locks, CT) added a goal and an assist, and Chrystn Pitt (Freeport, ME), Megan Wolfley (Maplewood, NJ) and Renee Grasso (Billerica, MA) each scored once.

Keene State was powered by two goals apiece from senior Kelly Maher (Cromwell, CT) and freshman Sarah Stowell (Dublin, NH). Senior Dee LeGros (Waltham, MA) notched a goal and two assists, classmate Hanna Lozier (Pawcatuck, CT) contributed a goal and an assist, and sophomore Liz Thornton (Bedford, NH) and senior Angie LaValle (Sidney, ME) added one goal each.

Sophomore goalie Lisa Goldberg (Newton, MA) recorded eight saves in the Panther net, and senior Erin Bonner (East Stroudsburg, PA) made nine saves for the Owls.

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