PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) and senior Robin Hartman (Westminster, Md.) combined for 11 goals and seven assists Wednesday afternoon, leading top-seeded Plymouth State College past eighth-seeded Salve Regina University in the opening round of the ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
The victory gives PSC the right to host this weekend's semifinals and championship game at Arold Field. The Panthers, now 14-2 overall, will meet fourth-seeded Bridgewater State College (11-6) Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Bears advanced with a 12-11 decision Wednesday over Babson College.
Saturday's 3:30 p.m. semifinal will have third-seeded Wheaton College (10-7) facing second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University (13-4). Wheaton advanced with a 15-13 verdict over sixth-seeded Gordon College and ECSU moved on with a 17-5 defeat of seventh-seeded University of New England.
The two semifinals winners will meet for the ECAC New England title Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field.
Salve Regina actually scored the first goal of the game, but Plymouth State came back to take a 13-3 lead midway through the first half before settling for an 18-4 advantage at halftime. It was 21-5 midway through the second half, and PSC coasted home with the victory.
Sheridan and Hartman each contributed nine points, Sheridan finishing with six goals and three assists and Hartman with five goals and four assists. Sheridan leads the team with 59 goals and nine assists, while Hartman is second with 38 goals and 18 assists.
Ten different Panthers got into the scoring column. Freshman Annmarie Guglielmo (Gansevoort, N.Y.) tossed in four goals, seniors Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Maine), Brooke Smith (Columbia, S.C.) and Karen Hosmer (Westminster, Md.) added two apiece, and juniors Janet Conner (South Freeport, Maine), Melissa Cotton (Osterville, Mass.) and Jill Matteson (Chatham, Mass.) and sophomore Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) chipped in with one goal each.
Junior Jennifer O'Brien (Billerica, Mass.) led the Seahawks with three goals. Sophomores Meagen Brown (Lewiston, Maine) and Tara Trombino (Westerly, R.I.) and junior Laurie Rizzotti (Canton, Mass.) tallied two goals apiece, and freshman Jacylene Lineweber (Brielle, N.J.) and Julie Lenahan (Hamden, Conn.) each scored once. Lineweber came into the game as Salve's leading scorer with 62 goals.
PSC freshman goalie Melissa Gravilla (Andover, N.H.) made 16 saves to record the victory, while Salve junior Gabbie Morin (Lowell, Mass.) was credited with eight saves.