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PSU cruises past Southern Maine in women’s lax

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Seniors Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) and Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) combined for eight goals and eight assists Thursday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to an easy 18-4 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at Arold Field.

            Brown finished with five goals and two assists while Evans contributed three goals and six assists as the Panthers won their fourth straight contest.  PSU is now 4-3 overall and 2-0 in LEC play, while USM dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

            The visitors actually scored the first goal of the game just 17 seconds after the opening draw, but PSU put the next seven goals on the board and went on to lead 12-3 at halftime.  The Panthers maintained control of the game throughout the second half and coasted home with the win.

            USM sophomore goalie Katie Quartuccio (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) was kept busy in the Husky goal and turned in a strong performance with 22 saves.

            Joining Brown and Evans in the scoring column for PSU were junior Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) with three goals, senior Caitlyn Irving (Avon, Conn.) and junior Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) with two apiece, and juniors Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and Liz Boddy (Brentwood, N.H.) with one each.  Freshman Melissa Dark (Peterborough, N.H.) also scored her first career goal for the Panthers.

            Junior Ashley Dyer (Harrison, Maine) led the Huskies with two goals and an assist, while senior Amanda Loomis (Poultney, Vt.) and junior Sharon Trent (Chanhassen, Minn.) added one goal each.

            PSU is back in action Saturday with a contest at defending LEC Tournament champion Eastern Connecticut (1:00 p.m.)  Southern Maine returns home to host Western Connecticut Saturday in an LEC affair (12:00 p.m.)

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