Buckle and Messler score three goals each for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Eastern Connecticut State University's leading scorers Daniela Marchitto and Ashley Prizio tallied six points apiece Saturday afternoon as the Warriors posted a 17-11 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at Arold Field.
Prizio scored four goals and added two assists while Marchitto contributed three goals and three assists. Freshman Erin Conn also scored four times as the Warriors improved to 4-6 overall and 2-0 in Little East games. PSU got three goals apiece from freshmen Emily Buckle (Danbury, Conn.) and Carol Messler (Durham, N.H.) but dropped to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
After the teams traded goals in the first three minutes, Eastern rattled off eight unanswered goals over the next 13 minutes to open up a 9-1 lead. Sophomore Taylor Buchanan and Conn scored twice in the Warrior rally.
Senior Kathryn Rogers (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and sophomore Amanda Richardson (Bradford, N.H.) scored goals for PSU late in the first half, but each time the Warriors answered with a goal of their own to stop any potential Panther momentum. Eastern settled for an 11-3 lead at the break.
After Prizio opened the second half scoring for the Warriors, the PSU offense came to life and tallied five straight goals, including two by Messler, to cut the margin to 12-8. That would be as close as PSU got as Eastern scored the next five goals, including two each from Marchitto and Prizio, to put the game away.
Sophomore Nancy Ibrahim earned the win in the Eastern goal, finishing with eight saves. Marchitto and sophomore Rachel Meotti grabbed four draw controls apiece, and Meotti picked up a team-high five ground balls.
Rogers led PSU with five draw controls while junior defender Nora Regan (West Hartford, Conn.) picked up a team-high five ground balls and two draw controls.
Both teams play Little East games on Tuesday, PSU visiting rival Keene State and Eastern Conn. returning home to host UMass Dartmouth.
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