SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scored her game-high fourth goal with 10 minutes to go in the second half Tuesday evening at Benedum Field to break a 10-10 tie, and neither team could score the rest of the way as Plymouth State University held on to defeat Springfield College, 11-10, in a big non-conference women's lacrosse game between two regular season conference champions.
Plymouth State, which topped the Little East Conference this spring with a 6-0 mark, won its fifth straight game and 10th of its last 12 to improve to 10-5 overall, while Springfield, which captured the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference with a 6-0 record, had its five-game winning streak stopped and fell to 9-5.
The first half was back-and-forth action for the full 30 minutes. SC scored the first three goals, with junior Heidi Eidse netting the Pride's first two and freshman Heather Dobson adding one. Plymouth State battled back with five of the next six goals, from five different players, to enjoy its first lead of the game at 5-4. The Pride went on a 5-2 run in the final 10:30 of the opening stanza to take a 9-7 lead into the break.
The Panthers tied the score with the first two goals of the second half from captains Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) and Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), the second of the game for Spadafora. Springfield junior Rachel Lampros (Boxborough, Mass.) scored her team-leading 39th goal of the season with 21:19 on the clock to put SC up, 10-9. That lasted until Panther senior Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) scored her second goal to tie the game up once again, this time at 10 goals apiece, with 13:23 left to play, and just three minutes later, MacDonald scored what proved to be the game-winner for PSU.
The Pride fired an assault of shots on Panther goalie Sarah Beebe (Rumson, N.J.) in the final 10 minutes of action, but was unable to connect on any. Beebe made 11 saves in net for PSU.
PSU wraps up the regular season this Saturday with a non-conference affair at Bridgewater State (2:00 p.m.) SC will next host the NEWMAC Tournament this Saturday and Sunday at Benedum Field.
(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)
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