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PSU Women’s Lacrosse holds off Colby-Sawyer

 PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University tuned up for the Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament Wednesday afternoon with an 18-7 non-conference victory over Colby-Sawyer College in a make-up game at Arold Field.

            The Panthers extended their undefeated season, improving to 14-0 overall and stretching their unbeaten streak to 23 games, dating back to last season.  The Chargers complete their season at 4-10.

            Senior Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) and sophomore Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) did much of the damage for the Panther offense.  Sheridan tallied seven goals and two assists, while Brown notched six goals for the second straight game.  Sophomore Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) added three goals and two assists, and freshman Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) chipped in with two goals.

            Sheridan continued moving up on the all-time Division III scoring charts.  She jumped from ninth to seventh on the career goals list with 259, and moved into 11th place alone in the career points department with 345.

            Junior Lisa Falconi (Waterville Valley, N.H.), sophomore Becky Shaffer (Lakeland, Fla.) and freshman Ashley Dyer (Harrison, Maine) provided all of the offense for the Chargers.  Falconi and Shaffer scored three goals apiece, and Dyer added a goal and two assists.

            The upset-minded Chargers actually led 3-2 after 10 minutes of play, and it was a 4-4 contest midway through the first half.  PSU rattled off four unanswered goals and six of the next eight, including four straight by Sheridan, and the Panthers held a 10-6 advantage at halftime. The hosts regrouped at the break, and outscored Colby-Sawyer 8-1 in the second half and pulled out the win.

            Both teams used two goaltenders in the game.  Junior Sarah Cook (Lewiston, Maine) made 18 saves for Colby-Sawyer in the first half, and freshman Anita Watterson (Hicksville, N.Y.) made three saves in the second half.  PSU senior Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) stopped three shots in the first half before giving way to junior Kristin Elliott (Exeter, N.H.), who made six saves in the second half.

            Plymouth State is the top seed in this week's LEC Tournament, and will host the conference semifinals at Arold Field on Friday, Apr. 30.  PSU will play in the first game Friday (1:00 p.m.) against the winner of Wednesday night's first-round game between Eastern and Western Connecticut.  Second-seeded Keene State College and third-seeded UMass Dartmouth will meet in Friday's second semifinal (3:30 p.m.), with the championship game slated for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field.

            The LEC Tournament champion receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

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