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Panthers cruise past Keene State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) and senior Robin Hartman (Westminster, Md.) combined for nine goals and four assists Thursday, leading Plymouth State College to a 19-5 triumph over Keene State College in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at Arold Field.

The Panthers scored eight unanswered goals midway through the first half to surge to a 10-1 lead. PSC had a 12-2 advantage at halftime and extended it to 17-2 midway through the second half before coasting home with the victory.

It was the ninth consecutive victory for the Panthers, who improve to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in LEC games. Keene State drops to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Sheridan finished with five goals and two assists, scoring five times in a game for the fourth time this season. Hartman added four goals and a pair of assists, while junior Julie Shields (Whitby, Ont.) contributed three goals.

Also getting into the scoring act for PSC were juniors Janet Conner (South Freeport, Maine) and Marushka Eddy (Nantucket, Mass.) each with a goal and an assist, and seniors Brooke Smith (Columbia, SC), Marcia Wood (Sanford, Maine) and Karen Hosmer (Westminster, Md.) and juniors Melissa Cotton (Osterville, Mass.) and Jill Matteson (Chatham, Mass.) with one goal apiece.

Freshman Michelle Mason (Fairport, N.Y.), who leads the LEC in scoring, tallied the first four Keene State goals, giving her 38 on the season. Sophomore Natalie Kent (Billerica, Mass.) rounded out the scoring for the Owls.

PSC freshman goalie Melissa Gravilla (Andover, N.H.) was credited with 15 saves, while KSC goalies Colleen McSweeney (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Jamie Litch (Addison, Vt.) combined to make 24 saves.

Plymouth State has another LEC game Saturday at Rhode Island College (1 p.m.) before returning home to host Bowdoin Sunday in a non-conference contest (2 p.m.). Keene State hosts Western Connecticut Saturday at 1 p.m.