MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team broke an early tie with three straight goals Saturday afternoon and maintained the upper hand the rest of the way to post a 7-6 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University in a match played in steady rain at the ECSU Outdoor Complex.
The victory is the fifth straight this year for Plymouth State, which has come back from an 0-3 start to improve to 5-3 overall. The outcome also keeps the Panthers undefeated in six years of regular-season conference play (26-0). Eastern, which lost for the first time in four matches, fell to 3-6 overall and 2-1 in LEC action. The Warriors won last year's LEC Tournament over PSU, 12-8, handing the Panthers their only conference loss of any kind.
Junior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) led the Panthers with a season-high four goals, while senior Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) and juniors Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) and Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) scored once each. Senior Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) collected two assists.
Sophomore Lily Anderson (Portland, Maine), junior Jenna Faiola (Billerica, Mass.) and senior Kara Mastroianni (Newington, Conn.) scored two goals each for the hosts.
The Panthers snapped a 2-2 tie Saturday with three straight goals in a span of just over two minutes to take a 5-4 advantage into halftime. PSU was ahead 7-5 in the final minutes when Eastern cut the gap to one with 35 seconds left. Plymouth State preserved the win, however, when Evans and MacDonald controlled the battle for the ensuing draw.
PSU got four saves from sophomore goalie Sarah Beebe (Rumson, N.J.), who improved her personal record to 3-2. Eastern junior goalie Erin Calkins (Stony Brook, N.Y.), last year's conference Rookie-of-the-Year, made five stops.
Both teams play New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools in 1:00 p.m. non-conference matches on Sunday. Plymouth State returns home to host Bowdoin at Arold Field while Eastern visits Connecticut College for a match that was originally scheduled to be played at Eastern.
(Courtesy of Eastern Conn. Sports Information)
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