DANBURY, Conn. - Junior Sarah Bryant (Arrowsic, Maine) scored five goals and sophomore Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) contributed three goals and three assists Friday evening as Plymouth State University defeated Western Connecticut State University, 12-10, in the Little East Conference women's lacrosse opener for both schools at the WestConn Athletic Complex.
Bryant scored all five of her goals in the first half, helping the Panthers to a 7-4 lead at the intermission. PSU scored the first four goals of the second half and appeared to have control of the game with an 11-4 advantage with 17:42 remaining. WestConn battled back though, scoring six of the final seven goals to pull to within two with 2:11 to play, but PSU gained control of the ball and ran out the clock.
Also scoring for PSU (1-2) were sophomore Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) with two goals and two assists, and sophomore Rhiannon Groff (Nashua, N.H./North) and junior Ellen Parent (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) with one goal apiece. Judd also led the team with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior Melissa Dark (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal) and freshman Michaela Rice (Weirs Beach, N.H.) picked up five ground balls each, and senior goalie Sarah Beebe (Rumson, N.J.) was strong in the Panther net, making 18 saves.
Sophomore Kara Kruczkiewicz (Brookfield, Conn.) led the Colonials (0-6) with four goals, all coming during the second-half comeback. Senior Caitlin Everin (Glastonbury, Conn.) contributed three goals, and senior Ashley Caruso (Northport, N.Y.), sophomore Jessica Majeski (Norwalk, Conn.), and junior Lindsey Taylor (Brookfield, Conn.) chipped in with one goal apiece.
PSU's next game, which was scheduled for this Sunday at Bowdoin College, has been postponed due to illness which has hit the Bowdoin team. No make-up date has been announced. The Panthers will get back into action on Saturday, Apr. 5, with an LEC match-up at defending champion Eastern Connecticut (12:00 p.m.)
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