PSC coasts past USM

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior midfielder Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) tallied five goals and an assist for six points Tuesday to lead the Plymouth State College Panthers to a 16-3 triumph over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the Little East Conference women's lacrosse opener for each team at the Paula Hodgdon Field.

PSC, the defending LEC champion and picked second in the conference's preseason coaches poll, improves to 4-2 overall, while USM, which was picked sixth in the preseason poll, falls to 1-4.

The two sides played to a scoreless draw through the opening seven minutes before senior midfielder Jill Matteson (Chatham, Mass.) converted a feed from Sheridan to give Plymouth State a 1-0 lead at 23:00. The Panthers would add seven more goals, including a trio from freshman Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) over a span of 8:20 to grab an 8-0 advantage with 14:40 remaining in the first half.

The teams traded a pair of goals over the remainder of the half, entering the break with Plymouth State holding a 10-2 advantage. The Huskies' goals were scored by junior Jess Callahan (Gardiner, Maine) and sophomore Emily Kirkland (Damariscotta, Maine).

Plymouth State outscored Southern Maine by a 6-1 margin in the second half, with Sheridan scoring four of Panthers' goals. Sophomore Amanda Loomis (Poultney, Vt.) netted the Huskies' lone goal of the second half.

The Panthers received goals from seven players, including four from Brown, and two each from senior Julie Shields (Whitby, Ont.) and junior Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.).

The six points from Sheridan moves her into second place on PSC's career scoring list with 182 points (131 goals, 51 assists). The all-time scoring record is held by Robin Hartman, who finished with 226 points (156 goals, 70 assists) from 1999-02.

Junior goalie Carmen Villanueva (East Shodack, N.Y.) turned aside 20 shots for the Panthers, while senior Andrea Guerette (Fairfield, Maine) had four saves for the Huskies.

Plymouth State's meeting against Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday has been moved to 1:00 p.m. in Willimantic, Conn., due to snow on PSC's Arold Field. Southern Maine travels to Colby College on Thursday.