PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women’s lacrosse team wrapped up the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 12-8 non-conference victory over Norwich University on Senior Day at Arold Field.
The Panthers conclude the campaign with a six-game winning streak and head into post-season play with a 10-4 overall record. The Cadets, which captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship last weekend, will take a 9-7 overall record in the NCAA Tournament first round on May 12.
Plymouth State got all 12 of its goals from four players as sophomore Jenn Foley (Tewksbury, Mass.) tallied four goals, senior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) and sophomore Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) contributed three goals and one assist each, and senior Kerry D’Ambroise (Lowell, Mass.) chipped in with two goals. Judd also dominated play in the middle of the field with team-highs of seven draw controls, five ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Sophomore Kacey Abbriano (Hicksville, N.Y.) led the Cadets with four goals, while senior Kathleen Hennessy (Essex Jct., Vt.) added two and sophomore Mollie Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) and junior Chelsea Martin (Barre, Vt.) chipped in with one apiece. Senior Ally Allen (Chelsea, Vt.) picked up a team-high six ground balls and Fitzpatrick collected three draw controls.
PSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Judd and Foley, but Norwich answered with three unanswered tallies to take a 3-2 advantage with 13 minutes to play in the half. D’Ambroise tied the game for the Panthers less than a minute later and PSU went on to finish the half with four unanswered scores to take a 6-3 lead at the break.
Norwich scored two of the first three goals of the second half to pull to within two goals at 7-5, but PSU rattled off four unanswered tallies, including two by Foley, to pull ahead 11-5 with 10 minutes to play. The Cadets scored three more goals down the stretch but PSU held off the Norwich rally.
Plymouth State, which finished in a three-way tie with Keene State College and Eastern Connecticut State University for first place in the Little East Conference regular season race, will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s LEC post-season tournament. The Panthers will receive a first-round bye on Tuesday and will host a semifinal game on Thursday at Arold Field against an opponent to be determined.
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