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Pinault leads PSU Women’s Lax past UMass Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Senior Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) exploded for a career-high six goals Saturday afternoon, including the 100th of her career, to lead the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 18-4, in a Little East Conference game at Cressy Field.

The score was tied at 1-1 early in the game when PSU rattled off 12 unanswered goals the rest of the first half to put the game away. The Panthers picked up their fourth win in a row, improving to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while UMD dropped to 3-7 and 1-3 in the Little East.

Pinault, who previously scored four goals in a game five times this season as her personal best, tallied five first-half markers on Saturday, including three in a row, to help PSU to the 13-1 advantage at the break. She scored the first goal of the second half to give her a team-leading 38 for the season, and 100 for her career, the 13th player in school history to reach the milestone.

Senior Liz Boddy (Brentwood, N.H.) and sophomore Cassidy Barry (Branford, Conn.) also contributed to the scoring parade with three goals apiece, and freshman Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) added two goals.

Senior Katelyn Elliott (Lowell, Mass.) scored twice in the second half to lead the Corsairs.

Senior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) led the midfield and defensive effort for PSU, collecting six ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Junior Jackie Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) recorded four ground balls and three caused turnovers, and classmate Steph Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) added three ground balls and three caused turnovers.

The Panthers finished with a 28-17 advantage in shots, and won the battles in draw controls (15-7) and ground balls (27-20).

PSU will finally play its first home game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m., hosting Western Connecticut in an LEC make-up game. The Corsairs return to action Sunday evening when they visit Rhode Island College in a rescheduled LEC game.

(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)

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