PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College earned a berth in the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance championship game with a 21-4 victory Friday over Keene State College in a NEWLA semifinal contest at Arold Field.
The Panthers, defending NEWLA Champions, will make their third consecutive NEWLA title game appearance on Sunday (1 p.m.) when they travel to Southern Division champion Bridgewater State. The Bears, who won the title in 1999 but lost to PSC in last year's final, advanced with an 8-7 double overtime victory Friday over Eastern Connecticut.
The winners of NEWLA's Northern Division, Plymouth State (12-3) wasted little time in taking control of Friday's semifinal. The Panthers led 5-0 after just five minutes of play, and maintained a 14-2 lead at halftime. PSC put the game out of reach by scoring the first four goals of the second half. Keene State, which lost to PSC 15-4 earlier this spring, dropped to 9-6.
The Panthers were led in scoring by sophomore Heather Adey (Nashua, NH), who tallied four goals and three assists, and junior Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, Cal.), who added two goals and three assists. Freshman Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) contributed three goals and classmate Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) chipped in with two goals and two assists.
Rounding out the goal scoring for PSC were senior Kelly Curran (Forestdale, Mass.) and juniors Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Maine) and Marcia Wood (Sanford, Maine) with two each, and senior Courtney O'Sullivan (East Kingston, N.H.), junior Brooke Smith (Columbia, SC), and sophomores Eileen Rice (Nashua, N.H.) and Melissa Cotton (Osterville, Mass.) with one apiece.
Freshman Natalie Kent (Billerica, Mass.) led Keene State with two goals and an assist. Junior Erin Boudreau (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Kelly Ashton (St. Louis, Mo.) also collected goals for the Owls.
PSC netminders Brenna Matarazzo (Salem, N.H.) and Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) combined for five saves, while KSC freshman Colleen McSweeney (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was credited with 14 saves.