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PSU Women’s Lax too strong for UMD in LEC opener

Panthers keep rolling with seventh straight victory

            MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team overpowered the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday afternoon in its Little East Conference opener, 21-2, in a game played at Southern New Hampshire University's Larkin Field.

            The Panthers won their seventh game in a row to improve to 7-1 overall. PSU led 10-0 at halftime and coasted to the win in the second half. 

            As is customary with this year's team, the Panthers dominated the possession battle, winning 16 of 24 draws and picking up 36 of 54 ground balls.  PSU then outgunned its opponent with a powerful, balanced offensive attack, out-shooting the Corsairs 47-11 and scoring at least 20 goals for the third time this season.

            Six different Panthers were multi-goal scorers in the win, led by junior Caitlin Swanson and freshman Meghan McNabb, who tallied four goals apiece for the second straight game.  Sophomore MeKenna Bay and freshman Shannon Connerty added three goals each, and freshmen Amy MacDonald and Molly Gleason chipped in with two goals each.

            The Corsairs (3-7, 0-2) played better than the score indicates.  Junior Selina Houghton had a strong game, leading the team with four draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Kathleen Landers collected three draw controls and two ground balls, and sophomore Taylor Corsano and freshman Shelby Friedman each scored second-half goals for UMD.

            Gleason continued her strong play on midfield draws for PSU, winning eight, with Swanson controlling four.  MacDonald collected a team-high eight ground balls, and junior Kristen Guest contributed five ground balls, four caused turnovers, and a goal.

    PSU Captains pose with Wounded
    Warrior Alum Jason Wheeler prior
    to Saturday' game.

            Both goalies played very well despite the different amount of action. PSU sophomore Lorin Field made six saves on eight shots on goal to post the victory, and UMD junior Angelina Donovan had a busy day and made an impressive 13 saves.

            Both teams dedicated the game to the Wounded Warrior Project, with festivities raising money and awareness for the cause.  Both teams sported camouflage T-shirts in warm-ups and PSU wore US Flag-style socks for the game, and the highlight of the day was the presence of a Wounded Warrior Alum who spoke to the teams privately before the game and participated in the opening ceremonies on the field.

            Both teams play non-conference games at Framingham State University in their next outing, the Corsairs visiting the Rams on Tuesday and PSU putting its seven-game win streak on the line on Thursday. 


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