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PSC defeats Wheaton in home opener

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) scored five goals Thursday to lead Plymouth State College's women's lacrosse team to a 12-5 non-conference victory over Wheaton College in the home opener at Arold Field.

Sheridan scored just 23 seconds into the game and added three more in the opening half as PSC jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Wheaton got on the board with 10 minutes to play in the half, but the Panthers held a 10-3 advantage at the break and maintained the lead throughout the second half.

In addition to Sheridan, who leads the team with 15 goals, PSC got two goals apiece from senior Robin Hartman (Westminster, Md.) and sophomore Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) and one each from senior Brooke Smith (Columbia, SC) and juniors Eileen Rice (Nashua, N.H.) and Melissa Cotton (Osterville, Mass.). Hartman's two goals gives her 176 career points, tying the all-time PSC scoring record held by Terry Galley, who scored 176 points from 1981-85.

Wheaton was led by freshman Vanessa Pisano (Vineyard Haven, Mass.), who scored all five goals for the Lyons. Sophomore Lauren Maynes (Woodstock, Vt.), who came into the game leading the team with 32 goals, who kept off the scoreboard by the tight checking of PSC defender Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Maine).

PSC freshman Melissa Gravilla (Andover, N.H.) played well in goal and made nine saves, while Wheaton goalies Michelle Siegal (Newton, Mass.) and A.J. Vasiliou (Middletown, Conn.) combined for 12 saves.

Plymouth State, 3-1, plays its first Little East Conference game this Saturday at Western Connecticut (12:00 p.m.). Wheaton, 4-4, returns home to host Mount Holyoke on Saturday (1 p.m.).