Panthers extend winning streak to nine
MANSFIELD, Conn. – The top-ranked defensive team in the Little East Conference, the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team held its opponent to single-digit goals for the ninth straight time in posting its ninth straight victory Saturday afternoon, 13-8, over five-time defending regular-season champion Eastern Connecticut State University at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Plymouth State (9-1, 2-0 Little East) won its ninth road match, snapping a seven-match losing streak at the hands of Eastern (8-6, 1-2 Little East). The Warriors have lost their last three and have lost more than one regular-season LEC match for only the second time in 12 years of competition.
Starting six freshmen in front of sophomore goalie Lorin Field, PSU broke from a 2-2 tie seven minutes into play by scoring four straight goals and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way. Freshman attacks Shannon Connerty and Meghan McNabb combined for nine of the Panthers' goals, with junior midfielder Caitlin Swanson adding three goals. McNabb went over the 30-goal mark for the season with four goals and reached the 30-assist mark with three.
Freshman center Molly Gleason won 13 of 24 face-offs, winning seven of those draws herself. Field, the LEC leader with a .554 save percentage, stopped nine shots. She allowed seven goals, with senior backup Ally Baribault giving up one after being inserted while Field served a two-minute penalty in the opening minutes of the second half.
With the score tied 2-2 seven minutes into play, Plymouth struck three times in a one-minute span and converted four straight in all to take control with a 6-2 lead midway through the frame. The Warriors were never able to score more than one in a row the rest of the way. Connerty scored two of those four goals and McNabb had a goal and assist.
Senior Ashley Prizio and junior Daniela Marchitto – Eastern's top two scorers – each had two goals and Prizio also contributed an assist. Sophomore Taylor Shannon also scored twice for the Warriors, and senior goalie Kristianna Ibsen stopped five shots over the first 43 minutes.
After playing its first 10 games on unfamiliar turf, PSU returns home for its season debut at Arold Field Wednesday against Granite State rival Keene State College (4:00 p.m.) Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(Courtesy of Eastern Conn. Sports Information)
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