PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Freshman Robin Hartman (Reisterstown, MD) scored four goals and assisted on two others Friday, helping Plymouth State College to a 12-5 victory over the University of New England in the Northern Division Final of the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance Championship.
The Panthers will make their first appearance in the NEWLA championship on Sunday in Bridgewater, Mass., taking on Southern Division champion Bridgewater State. The Bears advanced to Sunday's championship game with a 17-14 triumph over UMass Dartmouth on Friday.
The victory over UNE gives PSC a 12-4 overall record, which sets a new school record for wins in a season. The old mark was held by the 1979 unit that finished 11-0. UNE finishes its season at 10-4 overall.
It was Hartman and junior Amanda Beedy (New Hampton, NH) that helped give PSC an early lead in the first 12 minutes of the game. Hartman registered a goal and two assists in that span, and Beedy connected on two goals and an assist. Beedy's second goal was the 71st of her career and her 100th career point, making her the ninth player in school history to reach the milestone. Sophomore Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, NH) and junior Jess Shapiro (Windsor Locks, CT) also found the back of the net for PSC as the Panthers went ahead 5-0.
The Nor-easters outscored the Panthers 5-3 over the last 18 minutes of the first half, cutting PSC's lead to 8-5. UNE got two goals from sophomore Emily Bushey (Randolph, VT) and one apiece from Meg O'Brien (Longmeadow, MA), Amie LaRochelle (Plaistow, NH) and Kristalyn Miller (N. Billerica, MA), while PSC was getting two goals from freshman Janet Conner (South Freeport, ME) and another from Hartman.
The second half was all PSC, as the Panther defense held UNE off the scoreboard over the final 30 minutes. Hartman added two more goals, O'Sullivan tallied her second, and Faith Wahlen (Hampstead, NH) got her first to round out the scoring.
Both PSC goalies played well, with sophomore starter Lisa Goldberg (Newton, MA) making 15 saves in the first 49 minutes, and senior reserve Brenna Matarazzo (Salem, NH) coming on to make six stops in the final 11 minutes. UNE junior Karen Dorer (Rockaway, NJ) made five saves in the Nor'easters' cage.
Sunday's championship game will be a rematch of an April 10th affair, which was won by Bridgewater State, 12-9, at Bridgewater
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