PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University opened the game with six unanswered goals in the first five minutes Saturday afternoon and went on to defeat Western Connecticut State University, 20-7, in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at Arold Field. It was the home opener for Plymouth State after the first five attempts were snowed out.
The Panthers, five-time defending LEC regular season champions, were simply too strong for the Colonials. PSU won its fifth straight game to improve to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while WestConn fell for the eighth game in a row and dipped to 1-12 and 0-5.
PSU showed its depth as 10 different Panthers got into the scoring column, including sophomore Ellen Parent (Hampton, N.H.) and freshman Selina Mazzola (Hollis, N.H.), who picked up their first career goals. The visitors had trouble stopping the five Panther seniors as Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) and Liz Boddy (Brentwood, N.H.) recorded four goals and two assists apiece, Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) added two goals and one assist apiece, and Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and two assists. MacDonald also led the team with six draw controls and six caused turnovers.
Also scoring for PSU was sophomore Cassidy Barry (Branford, Conn.) with three goals, and freshmen Rhiannon Groff (Nashua, N.H.) and Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) with one apiece. The Panther defense, led by juniors Jackie Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and Steph Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and sophomore Kate Pacheco (Salem, N.H.) helped shut down the WestConn attack, limiting the Colonials to just 15 shots in the game, six in the first half.
Senior Taylor Moore (Hamden, Conn.) highlighted the afternoon for Western, scoring three goals, while juniors Caitlin Everin (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Ashley Casino (Northport, N.Y.), senior Cuyler Rush (New Milford, Conn.), and freshman Kara Kruczkiewicz (Brookfield, Conn.) tallied one goal apiece. Everett picked up a team-high five ground balls.
PSU plays an LEC make-up game Thursday at Southern Maine (4:00 p.m.)
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