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PSC edges ECSU for eighth straight win

MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior Robin Hartman (Westminster, Md.) and sophomore Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) scored goals 37 seconds apart midway through the second half as the Plymouth State College women's lacrosse team pulled away from Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday in a battle of previously-unbeaten Little East Conference teams.

In a game that was tied 3-3 at halftime and deadlocked 5-5 with 16 minutes remaining, Hartman's and Sheridan's back-to-back goals gave the Panthers a 7-5 advantage with 15 minutes to play. Sophomore Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) and Hartman added insurance goals with just over six minutes left to help secure the victory.

The win was PSC's eighth in a row, improving the team to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Eastern drops to 6-3 and 2-1. Plymouth State has beaten Eastern the last five times the teams have met.

The Warriors scored the first two goals in the opening four minutes of the game, but PSC got one back early in the half by junior Melissa Cotton (Osterville, Mass.) and two more later in the half by senior Brooke Smith (Columbia, S.C.) and Sheridan.

Norton and junior Jill Matteson (Chatham, Mass.) opened the second half with goals for PSC, but each time ECSU responded with the tying goal. Eastern Conn junior Lindsay Carley (Newtown, Conn.), the team's top scorer, was held without a point. She had five shots.

Freshman Melissa Gravilla (Andover, N.H..) made 12 saves in goal for PSC. The Panthers had a 27-22 edge in shots.

Plymouth State returns home to host arch-rival Keene State in a conference game Thursday at Arold Field (4:00 p.m.).