BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior Jenny Jones (Framingham, Mass.) tallied a game-high seven goals and one assist and senior Shannon Manning (Framingham, Mass.) added four goals and three assists Thursday afternoon to lead the Bridgewater State College women’s lacrosse team to a 20-8 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference match-up.
The Bears scored the first five goals in the first 15 minutes of the game and held an 8-3 advantage at the half. BSC followed with six of the first seven goals of the second half to extend the margin to 14-4 before coasting home the rest of the way. The Bears improve to 8-4 overall on the season while Plymouth State slips to 4-4.
Bridgewater jumped out in front with Manning opening the scoring with the 200th goal of her career in the first minute of play. After the Bears raced out to a 5-0 lead, Plymouth State answered with a goal from sophomore Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) followed by a pair off the stick of senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) to make it a 5-3 BSC advantage with six minutes to play in the first half.
From that point on Bridgewater dominated play, scoring the final three goals of the opening stanza to take an 8-3 lead into the intermission. The Bears tallied six of the first seven markers of the second half to open up a 10-point cushion and never looked back.
Manning upped her career scoring total to 329 points as she needs just eight points to eclipse Paula Habel’s (2000-2003) BSC career mark of 336. Jones moved into third place on Bridgewater’s all-time goal scoring list as she now has 185 tallies in just three seasons with the Bears.
Bridgewater outshot Plymouth by a margin of 35-22, and held a 17-14 edge in draw controls. Senior netminder Meghan Griffin (Billerica, Mass.) turned aside nine shots, including the 400th save of her career, to register her eighth win of the season.
Senior Katie DeMaio (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), junior Courtney Lennon (Medfield, Mass.) and sophomore Kristin White (Pelham, Mass.) each added two goals and an assist for the Bears, while junior Patricia Maloney (Walpole, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and two assists.
Judd finished with three goals and a game-high seven draw controls to lead the Panthers, while Davis and senior Kerry D’Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) also added two goals and an assist apiece for PSU.
Both teams are slated for conference games on Saturday, weather permitting. Bridgewater State travels to Elms College for a noontime New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance matchup, while Plymouth State is slated to host Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field.
(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)
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