Balanced attack leads Panthers past BSU
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Plymouth State University used another balanced offensive attack to defeat Bridgewater State University Tuesday evening, 16-5, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at Swenson Field.
The Panthers scored the first five goals of the game and never looked back. It was a 9-1 PSU lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half when Bridgewater State scored twice in less than a minute, but the Panthers tallied the last three goals of the half to take a 12-3 lead at the break.
PSU closed out the win in the second half, outscoring the home team 4-2 over the final 30 minutes. Plymouth State won its sixth straight game to improve to 6-1 on the season, while BSU drops to 3-6.
Junior Caitlin Swanson and freshman Meghan McNabb led the way for PSU with four goals apiece. Freshmen Amy MacDonald and Shannon Connerty added three goals each and sophomore MeKenna Bay tallied two goals and a team-high two assists.
The Panthers now have four players who have scored at least 20 goals this season; MacDonald leads with 26 followed by McNabb (23), Swanson (21) and Connerty (20), with Bay (15) not far behind. McNabb leads the team with 23 assists and 46 points.
Plymouth State earned the win with strong midfield play as well, winning the battles of ground balls (19-12) and draw controls (14-8) while causing 23 BSU turnovers. Junior Kristen Guest was outstanding for PSU with eight caused turnovers and six ground balls, while freshman Molly Gleason collected a team-high 10 draw controls.
PSU sophomore netminder Lorin Field turned aside six shots to record her sixth win of the season.
Senior Stephanie Lannon, juniors Michelle Navoni and Sammi Salverio and sophomores Taylor Clancy and Melanie Appleman tallied a goal apiece for the Bears.
In upcoming action, Bridgewater entertains New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance foe Framingham State University on Thursday night. Plymouth State takes on Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.
(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)
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