Swanson, McNabb lead Panthers' offensive attack
FITCHBURG, Mass. – Junior Caitlin Swanson registered a game-high five goals and freshman Meghan McNabb added four goals and three assists Tuesday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Fitchburg State University, 16-5, in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Elliot Field.
Plymouth State opened a five-goal lead after one half of play on the strength of three goals from Swanson in the first frame. The Panthers tallied the first five goals of the second half, including two from McNabb, to put the game away. PSU has won four in a row to improve to 4-1, while Fitchburg State drops to 3-2.
The Panthers rifled off four straight scores to start the contest, getting tallies from Amy MacDonald, Shannon Connerty, Swanson and McNabb before Fitchburg State finally broke its scoring silence with a goal from Carissa Kennedy at the 23:40 mark. The Falcons cut the deficit to only two with goals from Kennedy and Cassandra Benoit, but the Panthers closed the half with three consecutive scores to post a 9-4 advantage at the break.
Plymouth State broke open the contest in the second half, outscoring Fitchburg State 7-1 in the stanza. Swanson and MeKenna Bay both added a pair of markers while freshman Lindsay White netted the lone goal for the Falcons.
PSU controlled the game's tempo for the most part, using a 37-14 shot margin to its advantage. The Panthers picked up a 21-16 advantage in groundballs, while also tallying a 15-8 advantage in draw controls.
Sophomore Dylana Drolette turned in a complete game effort for the Falcons, stopping 11 shots over her 60 minutes of work, while sophomore Lorin Field earned the win for the Panthers with a five-save effort.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday as Fitchburg State will be at UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State visits Castleton.
(Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information)
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