HOLDERNESS, N.H. - Juniors Katie Beers (Trumbull, Conn.) and Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) combined for five goals and four assists Saturday afternoon as two-time defending Little East Conference champion Eastern Connecticut State University got past Plymouth State University, 14-12, in an LEC women's lacrosse match-up at The Holderness School.
Beers led the Warriors with three goals and two assists, while MacDonald added two goals and a pair of helpers. Classmate Courtney Bedocs (Hamden, Conn.) chipped in with a goal and two assists as Eastern won its third straight game to improve to 4-6 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
Plymouth State got a game-high four goals and an assist from freshman Nicole Grover (Yarmouth, Maine) and three goals from junior Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.). Junior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) and freshman Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) contributed two goals and an assist each, and senior Sarah Bryant (Arrowsic, Maine) scored once as well as PSU fell to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the LEC.
PSU had the early advantage, leading 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3, but Eastern came back to tie the game each time. Then ECSU took three one-goal leads before the Panthers came back each time to tie. The Warriors ended the half with an 8-7 advantage.
The game stayed close the entire second half. MacDonald and Wayte scored two unanswered goals to give Eastern a three-goal margin, 12-9, with 12 minutes remaining. Cambal got one back for PSU a minute later, but McLaughlin and Beers tallied for the visitors to make it 14-10 with five minutes to play.
The Panthers did not quit, as Grover and Davis scored to pull them to within two goals, but time ran out on the home team.
Freshman Nicole Provencher (Guilford, Conn.) made 16 saves in the Panther net, while freshman Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton, Conn.) made 11 saves in the victory for the Warriors.
PSU returns to action Tuesday with a visit to Colby College for a non-conference clash (4:30 p.m.) Eastern returns home to host Wellesley College in a non-conference encounter Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
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