Bay's late goal lifts Panthers to 11th straight victory
DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore MeKenna Bay scored the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining in regulation play Saturday afternoon to lift Plymouth State University to a thrilling 12-11 victory over Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at the Westside Athletic Complex.
The dramatic outcome gave PSU its 11th consecutive victory and improved the Panthers to 11-1 overall. PSU also maintained control of first place in the LEC with a 4-0 mark. WestConn dropped its second straight conference game and dropped to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in the Little East.
The game went back and forth all afternoon. The Colonials scored the first three goals of the game to jump on top before PSU countered with a pair to cut the margin to one. The Panthers went on to score three in a row to take a 6-5 lead and the two teams were deadlocked 6-6 at halftime.
Three times Plymouth State scored a go-ahead goal in the second half, and each time, WestConn answered with a tying goal. The Colonials pulled ahead 11-9 with three straight goals, the last one coming with 13:42 to play. But league-leading PSU wouldn't go home without a battle, getting one back with 10 minutes to play and tying the score at 11-all with seven minutes to play, setting up the dramatic finish.
Junior Caitlin Swanson and freshman Molly Gleason led the Panthers with three goals apiece, while junior Marie Lander and freshman Shannon Connerty added two each. Gleason had another dominant day in the midfield, collecting 12 draw controls and 10 ground balls, and sophomore goalie Lorin Field made 11 saves.
Juniors Nicole Perrone and Emily Brooks and senior Brianna Mitterando scored three goals each for the Colonials. Mitterando picked up a team-high six ground balls and sophomore goalie Karli Portnoy made 10 saves.
Both teams play conference games at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, PSU visiting the University of Southern Maine and WestConn. hosting rival Eastern Connecticut State University.
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