NEWTON, Mass. - In its first New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance game of the season, Plymouth State College was dominating and shut out Lasell College, 19-0, Thursday at Grellier Field.
PSC is the defending NEWLA regular season and tournament champion, while Lasell is a first-year program. The Panthers are now 3-1 overall, while the Lasers are now 0-3. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Plymouth, but was moved to Newton due to the snow on PSC's Arold Field.
Panther head coach Wynne Lobel was able to use her entire bench. Sophomore reserve Jill Matteson (Chatham, N.H.) led PSC in scoring with three goals and two assists, while sophomore Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) also scored three goals.
PSC demonstrated a depth advantage as five players also scored two goals apiece - seniors Kelly Curran (Forestdale, Mass.) and Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, N.H.), junior Brooke Smith (Columbia, SC), and sophomores Melissa Cotton (Osterville, MA) and Eileen Rice (Nashua, N.H.).
Junior Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, Cal.) also added a goal and two assists, and senior Ali Hoffman (Hancock, N.H.) and freshman Annmarie DeVivo (West Islip, N.Y.) scored single goals for PSC.
Adey put Plymouth State on the scoreboard just 25 seconds into the game with her first goal, and scored all three of hers in the first six minutes of the game. PSC led 12-0 at the half, and cruised home with the win.
The Panthers will face a tougher NEWLA test this Saturday when they travel to Bridgewater State for a 1 p.m. contest against the 2000 NEWLA runner-up and 1999 NEWLA champions.