Buckle leads PSU Women’s Lax past Pacific

Panthers come from behind to take opener

            FOREST GROVE, Ore. – After getting snowed out of its first two attempts to open the 2011 season, the Plymouth State University women’s lacrosse team finally got the campaign underway Sunday night during its Spring Break trip, and did so in fine fashion with a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over Pacific University at Lincoln Park Stadium.

            PSU fell behind 7-4 at the half, but worked out the early season wrinkles at halftime and came back to outscore the hosts 6-1 in the second half to pull out the win.  The Panthers made the trip to Oregon to face former Panther head coach Wynne Lobel, who guided  Plymouth State to four straight conference championships and two NCAA berths from 2001-04.

            The Boxers (5-1) played a very patience offense in the first half and scored three of the last four goals of the period to take a 7-4 lead.  The Panthers (0-1) played with a renewed energy in the second half, limiting the Boxers to just one goal in the final 30 minutes.  Sophomore Amanda Richardson (Bradford, N.H./Kearsarge) tied it for PSU with 5:17 to go and classmate Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H./Plymouth Regional) scored the game-winner with 4:40 left.

            Freshman Emily Buckle (Danbury, Conn.), playing in her first collegiate game, led Plymouth State with six goals.  Richardson ended up with two goals, and Swanson and senior Kathryn Rogers (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood) scored once each.

            Sophomore Kaitlyn Harper (Oregon City, Ore.) led Pacific with three goals, while sophomore Kelly Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and senior Natalie Getchell (Beaverton, Ore.) each scored two and junior Monica Smith (Wilsonville, Ore.) netted one.

            Down by three at the intermission, Rogers and Richardson tallied the first two goals of the stanza to bring the Panthers within 7-6 just three minutes in.  Smith found the net off of a Harper assist at the 25:22 mark, but the Panthers would not let the Boxers score again.  Richardson found the net with 5:17 left to tie the game, Swanson tallied the game-winner at the 4:40 mark and Buckle closed the scoring with her unassisted strike with 3:38 to go.

            Freshman Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) earned the win in goal for Plymouth State, making 10 saves against 25 Pacific shots.  Sophomore Brittany Hartmann (Portland, Ore.) made four saves in the loss for the Boxers.

            Pacific will complete a five-game home stand on Tuesday, taking on North Central (Ill.) at noon.  Plymouth State will complete its spring break trip with a Tuesday game at Linfield. 

(Courtesy of Pacific Sports Information) 

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