WELLESLEY, Mass. - Plymouth State College scored five unanswered goals in the second half to erase a 6-3 halftime deficit on its way to a 9-7 comeback vicitory over Babson College in women's lacrosse action on a blustery Tuesday afternoon.
The outcome marked the first career victory for PSC head coach Wynne Lobel as the Panthers improved to 1-1. It was the season opener for the Beavers.
With the score tied 3-3, Babson junior Katie Marshall (Braintree, Mass.) scored her second goal of the game with 12:30 left in the first half to put her team up by one. Freshman Michele Wiernasz (East Granby, Conn.) and sophomore Deb Morris (Canton, Mass.) then followed with their second scores of the afternoon to give the Beavers a 6-3 cushion heading into the break.
PSC came out firing in the second half, as freshman Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) scored two goals and senior Chrystn Pitt (Freeport, Maine) added another to pull the Panthers even at 6-6. Things stayed that way until the final five minutes, when Sheridan tallied her fourth goal of the game to put the Panthers ahead, 7-6. Two minutes later, the freshman midfielder fired a perfect pass to junior Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, Cal.) who beat Babson goalie Abby Howe (Sanbornton, N.H.) to give PSC an 8-6 advantage.
Babson freshman Eleni Comuntizis (Potomac, Md.) scored her first career goal with a minute left to cut the Beavers' deficit to one, but Hartman tallied her third of the game with 17 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Howe finished with 13 saves in net for the Beavers, while PSC graduate student Brenna Matarazzo (Salem, N.H.) stopped 14 shots in her season debut in the Panther goal.
PSC returns to action Thursday (Mar. 29) with a 7 p.m. contest on the turf at Springfield College. The game was originally scheduled to be PSC's home opener, but was switched to Springfield due to the snow still piled on Arold Field.