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March 14, 2012

PSU Women’s Lax rolls past Worcester State

Panthers record first win of season over Lancers

            WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Amy MacDonald netted a season-best six goals and classmate Meghan McNabb registered a hat-trick with five assists Wednesday afternoon to help pace Plymouth State University to a 24-3 victory over Worcester State University in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Coughlin Field.  

            The Panthers were also led by junior teammates Caitlin Swanson and Marie Lander along with freshman Rachel Fistori who all finished with three goals. Defensively junior Kristen Guest paced the visitors with six ground balls and six caused turnovers while McDonald and senior Nora Regan both picked up five ground balls each.

            Sophomore Vicki O'Brien finished with a goal and an assist for the Blue and Gold as freshman Jaclyn Lawlor and junior Stacey Doherty combined for nine ground balls and one goal apiece.

            Plymouth State started off the contest with the 6-0 advantage after the first 15 minutes of action as McNabb highlighted the scoring with two free position markers and two helpers.

            O'Brien broke the string with her first goal of the season at the 13:44 mark before the Panthers roared back with eight unanswered goals for the 14-1 edge at the intermission. Swanson and McDonald collectively poured in seven of their eight tallies.

            PSU scored three times over the next 17 minutes of play before they ended the contest with a 7-2 run. Fistori and Lander chipped in with five goals in the outburst.

            Senior Ally Baribault, sophomore Lorin Field and freshman Casey Curran split duties between the pipes for the Panthers as Field played the first half and finished with three stops. Senior Haley Erickson finished with nine saves in the setback for WSU.

            Plymouth State held a commanding 40-11 advantage in shots and a 30-17 margin in ground balls.

            Worcester State, 0-1, continues its non-conference slate Sunday against Husson while the Panthers, 1-1, will play next Thursday, March 22, at the University of Dallas on their Spring Break trip to Texas. 

 (Courtesy of Worcester State Sports Information) 

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