CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Eight Plymouth State University players etched their name into the scoresheet Saturday afternoon as the Panthers stormed past MIT in PSU's women's lacrosse opener, 18-3, at Jack Barry Field.
Seniors Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) and Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) sparked the scoring early in the tilt, trading multiple goals as Plymouth State surged to a 6-0 lead in the first 10 minutes. The Panthers scored 13 unanswered goals to open the contest, and led 13-2 at halftime.
In the second half, Tech tightened its defense, however, the Engineers were unable to thwart Plymouth's cumbersome attack. The Panthers netted five goals in the second frame to cap the win.
Sheridan closed with a game-high seven points, while Norton and sophomore Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) each chipped in six. Freshman Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) paced the Panthers with a game-high nine ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Deanna Lentz scored twice and added an assist in defeat for MIT. The sophomore also added team-best marks in ground balls (four), draw controls (three) and caused turnovers (two). Dian Chen capped the scoring for MIT with her first goal of the campaign.
Freshman Hee Jay Kang played all 60 minutes in net for the Red and Gray, making seven saves while facing 33 shots. Plymouth State counterpart, senior Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.), stopped nine shots, while surrendering only three goals in 60 minutes of action.
PSU returns to action with a pair of games on its Spring Break trip to California. The Panthers will face Claremont-Redd-Scripps on Tuesday, Mar. 23, and the University of Redlands on Thursday, Mar. 25. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m. pacific time.
(Courtesy MIT Sports Information)
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