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April 14, 2009

PSU Women’s Lacrosse holds off Southern Maine

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) scored a career-high seven goals and added an assist Tuesday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team won its second straight game, a 17-14 Little East Conference victory at Arold Field over the University of Southern Maine.

            Cambal, who tallied a career-best six goals in her last outing last Saturday, scored five goals in the first half against the Huskies, including one with one second left on the clock for a 12-8 PSU lead at the break.  Cambal added two more goals in the second half and now leads the Panthers with 25 goals on the season.

            Freshman Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) chipped in with four goals for the winners, while classmate Nicole Grover (Yarmouth, Maine) added a pair.  PSU is now in second place in the LEC with a 3-1 league record, 3-7 overall.

            The Huskies got six goals from junior Jessica Knight (Alfred, Maine), three from sophomore Kelsey Rodrigue (Lewiston, Maine) and two each from senior Caitlin Albert (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine).  USM suffered its third straight loss and dipped to 1-2 in the LEC, 4-6 overall.

            The game was close nearly the entire way.  The visitors held leads of 3-1 and 5-3 in the first 12 minutes of the contest, and it was tied 6-6 at the midway point of the first half.  PSU rattled off four unanswered goals to take the lead for good, and maintained the four-goal bulge at the intermission.

            PSU upped its lead to 14-8 with the first two goals of the second half. The Panthers had their largest lead of the game midway through the second half, 15-9, when the Huskies came alive and scored five unanswered goals to cut the deficit to 15-14 with five minutes remaining.

            The Huskies comeback bid fell short when PSU scored the final two goals of the game for the three-goal victory.

            PSU dominated the draws, winning 27 of the 32, and had a 40-31 advantage in shots.  The Huskies had more ground balls by a 26-19 count.

            The Panthers host Western Connecticut State University this Saturday in a Little East match-up on Senior Day at Arold Field (1:00 p.m.)  USM returns home to host Eastern Connecticut Saturday at 12 noon.

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