MANSFIELD, Conn. – Coming off the first scoreless game of her Eastern Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse career, sophomore midfielder Ashley Prizio (Brookfield, Conn.) responded with her most productive one, scoring a career-high seven goals in a 17-10 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Eastern (3-6, 1-1 Little East), while Plymouth State evens out at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the LEC. Eastern’s win follows a loss a week ago which snapped its 21-game LEC winning streak.
Prizio, who scored 37 goals at Division I Long Island University in 2009, was held off the board in a 9-7 loss to Wellesley College Wednesday. Saturday, she connected on seven of her eight shots. She scored six of her goals in the first half, staking the Warriors to an insurmountable 13-4 half time lead on the way to their season-high goal total.
PSU senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) scored the first goal of the match in the opening 90 seconds, but the Panthers trailed by 11 goals, 16-5, before she broke through again with 19 minutes left. Sophomore Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) topped the Panther offense with four goals, and classmate Britney Chiles (North Andover, Mass.) led the defense with three caused turnovers, five draw controls and two ground balls.
The Warriors, three-time defending LEC regular-season champions, seized early momentum in the game, scoring five consecutive goals in the opening 12 minutes to take a four-goal lead. The advantage never dipped below three the rest of the way. Prizio and senior attack Courtney Bedocs (Hamden, Conn.) each scored twice in that early rush.
Freshman goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made nine saves for Eastern to log her first conference victory. Seven of her stops came in the second half.
Plymouth State returns home to host Thomas College on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the home opener at Arold Field. Eastern hosts Connecticut College Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)
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