PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University's women's lacrosse team clinched its fifth consecutive Little East Conference regular season title Saturday afternoon at Arold Field with a 21-9 triumph over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The Panthers are now 6-0 in the LEC this spring and perfect (29-0) in five years of LEC regular season play. PSU has also earned the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament for the fifth straight year. Plymouth State has won four straight games overall and nine of its last 11, with the only losses coming to teams in the national top 10 (Bowdoin and Colby). UMD drops to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
PSU took a 4-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game and never looked back. UMD was as close as 8-4 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half, but the Corsairs didn't score again until midway through the second half. The Panthers, meanwhile, scored seven unanswered goals to end the first half with a 15-4 advantage, and put the visitors away with the first four goals of the second half.
Plymouth State used a balanced scoring attack, with 11 different players getting in the scoring column. Leading the way were junior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) with four goals, senior Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) and junior Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) with three goals and two assists apiece, and senior Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.), junior Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.), and freshman Cassidy Barry (Branford, Conn.) with two goals each.
The Corsairs got four goals from junior Katelyn Elliot (Lowell, Mass.) and two apiece from sophomore Marie Spang (Wakefield, Mass.) and senior Katelyn Sullivan (New Bedford, Mass.)
PSU wraps up the regular season with a pair of non-conference games this week - Tuesday at Springfield (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday at Bridgewater State (2:00 p.m.) UMD plays a non-conference game Wednesday at Worcester State (7:00 p.m.)
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