by Faizal Jamal Luttamaguzi
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Seniors Marie Spang (Wakefield, Mass.) and Susie Nearhoof (Frederick, Mass.) netted a game-high five goals apiece Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 17-5 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at Arold Field. It was the home opener as well as Senior Day for Plymouth State.
In addition to Spang and Nearhoof, the Corsairs got two goals each from freshmen Larissa Basque (Plainville, Mass.) and Samantha Wonson (Lowell, Mass.) while sophomore Liz Stapleton (Wakefield, Mass.) contributed one. UMD improves to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference while the Panthers drop to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Sophomore Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) led the Panthers yet again with four goals, seven ground balls and four draw controls. Freshman Kathryn Rogers (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and sophomore Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) contributed with a goal and an assist each while sophomore Kerry D'Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) contributed with one goal. Juniors Sarah Bryant (Arrowsic, Maine) and Ellen Parent (Hampton, N.H.) chipped in with one assist each.
The Corsairs got off to a good start, scoring three unanswered goals in the first four minutes of the game. The Panthers tried to fight back with two first-half goals, cutting the lead down to 4-2, but UMD answered with a six-goal rally, closing the first half with a 10-2 lead.
PSU pushed for a comeback early in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals to put pressure on the visitors. The Corsairs proved to be too strong as they went on to score four straight goals to expand their lead to 14-5 with 4:56 remaining. Each team then scored one goal each before Judd closed the game with two seconds remaining, scoring her team-leading 19th goal of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Sarah Beebe (Rumson, N.J.) finished the game with 10 saves for the Panthers while UMD goaltender Erin Doherty (West Newbury, Mass.) registered eight saves.
PSU has another Little East match-up this Tuesday as it hosts Southern Maine at 4:00 p.m. UMD returns to action Tuesday as it hosts Smith College in a non-conference match-up (5:00 p.m.)
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