KEENE, N.H. - The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team got back on the winning track Friday night with a key 12-2 Little East Conference victory over rival Keene State College at Owl Athletic Complex.
The Panthers, who had dropped three games in a row to three of the toughest opponents in their schedule, nationally-ranked Bowdoin and Colby and LEC-leading Eastern Connecticut, improved to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Owls suffered their first LEC loss and dropped to 4-4 and 2-1.
Senior Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) led the Panthers with a season-high four goals along with an assist, three ground balls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore Cassidy Barry (Branford, Conn.) and freshman Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) contributed two goals apiece, and seniors Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.), Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.), Liz Boddy (Brentwood, N.H.), and Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) chipped in with one goal and one assist each.
The Owls actually scored first as junior Lanaya Nelson (Cheshire, Conn.) put one on the board less than three minutes after the opening draw. That was the extent of the Keene State offense in the first 30 minutes, as PSU scored five unanswered goals, two from Cupoli, to take a 5-1 lead by halftime. The Panthers tallied the first five goals of the second half, including two by Barry, to take a commanding 10-1 lead before freshman Lauren Cooper (Danbury, Conn.) scored for Keene State.
Junior goalie Suzie Lilakos (Stratham, N.H.) needed to stop just five shots to earn the win for the Panthers. Sophomore Jen Gearing (Westfield, Mass.) had 13 saves for KSC.
Both teams play LEC road games Saturday at 1:00 p.m.; Keene State is at Western Connecticut and Plymouth State travels to Rhode Island College.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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