Panthers fall despite four goals from Buckle
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Springfield College women's lacrosse team opened up a 12-2 lead at halftime Thursday evening and held on for a 15-9 win over visiting Plymouth State University in non-conference play on Stagg Field.
Meagan Dobson led Springfield with three goals and two assists, while Nicole Soucie added three goals. Five other Springfield players recorded two points, and Meghan Flangan picked up a team-best four draw controls. Anne Versprille picked up the win in goal as she needed to make just three saves for the Pride, who improves to 5-2 on the season.
The Panthers were led by freshman Emily Buckle (Danbury, Conn.), who scored all four of her goals in a 4:37 span in the second half. Senior Kathryn Rogers (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood) collected a game-high seven draw controls, while both Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H./Plymouth Regional) and Jenn Foley (Tewksbury, Mass.) found the back of the cage twice. Freshman Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) played the first half in goal, making seven saves as she was charged the loss. Junior Ally Baribault (Middle Haddam, Conn.) allowed just three goals in the second half and made three stops for the Panthers, who dropped their second-straight to fall to 2-2.
Jackie Moscardelli kicked off the scoring 30 seconds into the contest as she converted a free-position strike. After a patient offensive set, the Panthers evened the game at one on a Swanson goal at the 25:27 mark. From there, Springfield took over the game, rattling off six unanswered goals to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Allie Davis scored twice in the run for the hosts.
The Panthers scored their final goal of the first 30 minutes of play on a Foley strike with 7:36 left on the clock. Kelly Gallo’s free-position marker 25 seconds later kick started a 5-0 Springfield run to close out the half as the Pride went into the locker room up 12-2.
Springfield maintained its 10-goal cushion after Emily Fowler's second goal of the game made it 14-4 with 16:46 left in the second half. Buckle then went on her scoring spree, pumping in four consecutive strikes to get the visitors with six after a free-position goal with 7:52 on the clock. Brittany LeGuelaff notched a free-position goal for Springfield's final goal of the game with 4:36 remaining before Foley registered the game's final goal with under a minute to play.
Plymouth State opens Little East Conference play Saturday at Rhode Island College (1:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)
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