PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University's women's lacrosse team scored five goals in the first six minutes of the game Wednesday afternoon and never looked back, going on to a 22-2 victory over Lasell College in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Arold Field.
The second-seeded Panthers (11-5) advance to a semifinal contest Friday at Arold Field against third-seeded University of New England (5:00 p.m.). The Nor'easters (11-6) moved on with a 15-13 victory Wednesday over sixth-seeded Rhode Island College. Lasell, which was the seventh seed, concludes its season at 7-6 overall.
PSU cruised to a 12-0 lead midway through the first half against Lasell, and had a 14-0 lead before the Lasers got on the board. It was 16-1 at halftime before the hosts coasted home in the second half.
Junior Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) led the Panther onslaught with seven goals and two assists, while sophomore Liz Boddy (Brentwood, N.H.) added three goals and junior Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) and sophomore Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) tallied two goals each.
Senior Kate O'Donnell (Plymouth, N.H.), junior Hillary Arthur (Essex Jct., Vt.), and sophomores Steph Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Allison Frobey (Sandy Hook, Conn.) each scored their first goal of the season for the Panthers.
Junior Mandi Rapisardi (Scarborough, Maine) scored both goals for the Lasers, finishing the season with a team-leading 77 goals.
Sophomore Suzie Lilakos (Stratham, N.H.) and senior Kristin Elliott (Exeter, N.H.) split time in the Panther goal, Lilakos making three saves in the first half and Elliott making four in the second half. Sophomore Noelle O'Leary (Billerica, Mass.) stopped seven shots for Lasell.
Top-seeded Endicott College, which received a first-round bye, will host either Keene State or New England College in Saturday's other semifinal. The tournament championship game is slated for Sunday (May 15) at the site of the highest remaining seed.
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