PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Co-scoring leaders Faith Wahlen (Hampstead, NH) and Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, Cal.) tallied four goals apiece Tuesday, leading Plymouth State College to a 20-9 triumph over Endicott College in the opening round of the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance Tournament at Arold Field.
Top-seeded Plymouth State, which won for the seventh straight outing, improves to 13-3 overall and advances to Thursday's semi-final game at Arold Field against New England College (4 p.m.). Third-seeded NEC qualified for the semi-final with an 11-10 verdict Tuesday at second-seeded University of New England.
The Panthers scored nine of the first 11 goals of the game, and took a 10-4 lead into halftime. PSC then scored the first four goals of the second half en route to the victory, the second in three days over Endicott. The Power Gulls end their season at 8-5 overall.
PSC used a balanced attack, with 11 different players finding the back of the net. Senior Jess Shapiro (Windsor Locks, Conn.) and sophomores Brooke Smith (Columbia, SC) and Megan Wolfley (Maplewood, NJ) registered two goals apiece, and single goals were contributed by senior Amanda Beedy (New Hampton, NH), juniors Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, NH) and Ali Hoffman (Hancock, NH), and sophomores Janet Conner (South Freeport, Maine), Marcia Wood (Sanford, Maine) and Cathleen Yackenchick (Greenfield, Mass.).
Wahlen added three assists to her four goals, taking over the team scoring lead with 55 points (34 goals, 21 assists). Hartman is now second on the team with 52 points (40 goals, 12 assists). She is also three points away from becoming the 10th player in school history to reach 100 points (she currently has 75 goals and 22 assists).
Endicott received two goals apiece from junior Deana Ward and sophomore Kristin Hagerman and one each from Kristy Katz, Erika Goss, Kelly Hagerman, Heather Grice, and Carolyn Greenwood.
Freshman Lindsey Breda (Londonderry, NH) made three saves for PSC in the first half, and junior Lisa Goldberg (Newton, Mass.) made four second-half saves. Endicott's Allison Cummings was credited with 15 saves.
The winner of Thursday's PSC-NEC game will host the Southern Division winner for the NEWLA Championship on Saturday (1 p.m.). PSC was defeated by Bridgewater State in last season's NEWLA title game. The NEWLA champion receives an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Championship Tournament.
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