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PSU Women’s Lax downs Keene State in key LEC battle

Connerty leads way as Panthers take over 1st place

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Shannon Connerty scored six goals and added two assists Tuesday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team defeated rival Keene State College, 16-13, in a key Little East Conference game at Arold Field.

            The Panthers won their 10th game in a row to improve to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in conference games.  PSU takes over first place in the LEC over Keene State, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the Little East.  The Owls stopped PSU's streak at nine games of keeping opponents' scoring to single digits.

            Connerty led another balanced scoring attack for PSU as junior Caitlin Swanson tallied five points on two goals and three assists, sophomore McKenna Bay added three goals and one assist, and freshmen Amy MacDonald and Molly Gleason contributed two goals each. Gleason continued her dominance in the midfield, collecting 14 draw controls.

            Freshman Meghan McNabb also chipped in with a goal and two assists for the Panthers, giving her 32 assists on the season.  She has tied the PSU single-season record for assists, matching the mark set by Katie Sheridan in 2004.

            Senior Caitlyn Corace and sophomore Eliza Witherbee led the Owls with four goals apiece, while junior Nicole Curry added three goals and one assist.  Curry had a strong all-around game, picking up a game-high seven ground balls and grabbing a team-high four draw controls.

            It was a one-goal game the first 20 minutes of action, with three lead changes.  The Panthers put together four consecutive goals late in the first half to open up a 7-4 margin, and the home team went on to lead 8-6 at the half.

            PSU extended the advantage to three goals three times in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and each time, KSC answered.  The Panthers rattled off four in a row midway through the half to gain their largest lead of the day, 15-9, with 14 minutes remaining.

            Keene State would not quit and scored four straight of their own to cut the deficit to 15-13 with just under five minutes remaining, but that's as close as the Owls would come.  PSU added an insurance goal in the final minute.

            Plymouth State captured 23 of the 31 draws while Keene State picked up 25 ground balls to 15 for PSU. The visitors finished with a 36-22 advantage in shots, but PSU sophomore Lorin Field made 12 saves to earn the victory.  KSC sophomore Erin Taylor made five saves at the other end.

            Both teams play Little East matches on Saturday, PSU traveling to Western Connecticut State University and KSC visiting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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