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PSC advances to LEC final with win over UMD

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) tallied a career-high 12 points Friday afternoon, leading top-seeded Plymouth State College to a 21-5 triumph over fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the second semifinal of the Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Arold Field.

The Panthers, 12-2 overall, advance to Saturday's LEC title game against second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University, which defeated Keene State 14-4 in Friday's first semifinal. UMD completes its season at 8-8.

Sheridan potted a career-high eight goals and four assists on the day, increasing her team-leading totals to 49 goals and 15 assists. She had seven goals and three assists in the first half alone as PSC surged to an 11-3 advantage by intermission. When Sheridan wasn't scoring, sophomore Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) was, tossing in three goals and an assist in the first half and adding another in the second half.

With PSC holding a decisive advantage, the Panthers spread out the offense. Senior Brooke Smith (Columbia, S.C.) ended the day with three goals and one helper, classmate Karen Hosmer (Westminster, Md.) had two goals and one assist, and freshman Annmarie Guglielmo (Gansevoort, N.Y.) popped in a pair of scores. Senior Robin Hartman (Westminster, Md.) contributed a goal and two assists, and junior Janet Conner (South Freeport, Maine) added a goal and an assist.

Freshman Kristine Johnson (Walpole, Mass.) scored twice to lead the Corsairs, while seniors Cara Hart (Lawrence, Mass.) and Shannon Curran (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Megan Corfield (Framingham, Mass.) added one goal apiece.

PSC freshman Melissa Gravilla (Andover, N.H.) made four saves in the first half, and sophomore Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) came on to make two saves in the second half. UMD sophomore goalie Liz Holland (Quincy, Mass.) posted 25 saves.

Plymouth State is seeking its third straight conference championship. The Panthers won back-to-back New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance titles in 2000 and 2001 before forming the LEC this year.

Saturday's title game is a rematch of a 9-5 PSC victory over ECSU on Apr. 13 in Willimantic, Conn.