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May 7, 2003

Panthers advance past Salve

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) scored eight goals Wednesday afternoon, leading top-seeded Plymouth State College to a 16-9 victory over eighth-seeded Salve Regina University in the first round of the ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Arold Field.

The Panthers extended their winning streak to seven games, improving their record to 12-3 overall. The Seahawks, which lost to Plymouth State in the first round of the ECAC Tournament for the second year in a row, completes their season at 7-6.

PSC will host an ECAC semifinal game Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field against fourth-seeded Western New England. A Panther victory on Saturday would put the ECAC New England championship game at Arold Field Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Sheridan, who scored a record 10 goals Sunday in the Little East Conference Championship game, tallied four goals in the first half Wednesday to help PSC to an 11-2 advantage at the break. The Panthers maintained a solid lead throughout the second half, and although Salve outscored the hosts 7-5 in the final 30 minutes, PSC never lost control of the game.

Sheridan continued her assault on the PSC record book. Already the owner of the PSC single-game and career goal-scoring standards, Sheridan increased her total this spring to 70 goals, matching the single-season record set in 1985 by Terry Galley. Sheridan also increased her PSC-record career totals to 177 goals and 234 points.

Junior Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) provided offensive support for the Panthers, tossing in four goals, while seniors Julie Shields (Whitby, Ont.) and Melissa Cotton (Osterville, Mass.), freshman Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.), and sophomore Annmarie Guglielmo (Gansevoort, N.Y.) all contributed one goal apiece.

The Seahawks got three goals from senior Laurie Rizzotti (Canton, Mass.), two from senior Jennifer O'Brien (Billerica, Mass.) and freshman Jillian Egan (Gilford, N.H.), and one apiece from freshmen Sarah Abasciano (Princeton, Mass.) and Cara Dunn (Mansfield, Mass.).

PSC netminder Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) made five saves in the winning effort, while Salve goalies Gabbie Morin (Lowell, Mass.) and Brook Bowley (Hollis, Maine) combined for six stops.

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