SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore Alexandra Bazzano (Newington, Conn.) netted a game-high six goals Wednesday afternoon to lead the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to a 19-7 non-conference victory over the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers at Stagg Field.
With the win, Springfield improves to 8-4 while the Panthers drop to 1-7 this season. Six of PSU's seven losses have come to teams with winning records, including three nationally-ranked schools.
In addition to Bazzano's sox goals, Jennifer Zubkus added three goals and two assists for the Pride. Lindsay Bugbee was all over the field as she netted two goals to go along with six caused turnovers.
Sohomore Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) led the Panthers with three goals, five ground balls and four draw controls. Junior Melissa Dark (Peterborough, N.H.) and freshman Kathryn Rogers (Wolfeboro, N.H.) added two goals apiece.
The Pride applied strong pressure in the opening stanza as it outshot the visitors, 31-6, and held the Panthers to 4-for-20 on clears. Erin Doolan put the Pride on top just under three minutes into the game as she finished off a feed from Heather Dobson. The Panthers responded just 25 seconds later when Dark converted on a free position attempt. The Pride rattled off five unanswered goals over the next 12-plus minutes to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Zubkus found the back of the cage twice and added an assist to lead the Pride in the five-goal spurt.
The Panthers then netted three of the next four goals in the contest, a pair coming from Judd, to cut the Pride's lead to three. However, Dobson's goal after she wrapped around the cage with 34 seconds left in the opening stanza gave Springfield an 8-4 lead at the half.
Rachel Lampros netted a goal just 46 seconds into the second half as the Pride took off running. Bazzano tacked on another goal 17 seconds later as the Pride would eventually go on to lead by as many as 12 in the second half. SC closed out the game scoring six unanswered goals.
Senior goalkeeper Sarah Beebe (Rumson, N.J.) kept the Panthers in the game throughout, as she was terrific in the cage and finished with 22 saves.
PSU returns to Little East Conference action this Saturday in what is finally the home opener at Arold Field. The Panthers will host UMass Dartmouth at 1:00 p.m. The Pride returns to action Saturday in a key conference match-up at nationally-ranked Babson (3:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)
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