Panthers are top seed in Little East Tournament
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshmen Meghan McNabb, Amy MacDonald and Shannon Connerty combined for 13 goals and six assists Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team powered past Rhode Island College, 19-8, in the Little East Conference regular season finale for both schools.
The Panthers complete the regular season with a 13-game winning streak and a 13-1 overall record. PSU claims its seventh LEC regular season crown, and first outright title since winning five in a row from 2002-06 (Plymouth State shared the title in 2010). Top-seeded PSU receives first-round bye in next week's LEC Tournament, and will host a semifinal contest, against an opponent to be determined, next Friday, May 4, at Arold Field.
The Anchorwomen finish up the regular season at 4-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play. RIC earns the sixth seed in next week's LEC Tournament, its first berth since 2008, and will visit third-seeded and defending champion Eastern Connecticut State University for Tuesday's first-round game.
McNabb finished with five goals and three assists to lead the potent Panther attack, while MacDonald contributed four goals and two assists and Connerty added four goals and one assist. Sophomore MeKenna Bay chipped in with three goals and junior Amanda Richardson was good for two goals. PSU now has five players with at least 30 goals on the season – McNabb (41), Connerty (50), MacDonald (36), Bay (31) and junior Caitlin Swanson (38).
Freshman Molly Gleason also set a new PSU single-season record Saturday, collecting five draw controls to give her 106 this season. The previous mark of 102 was set by Kelsey MacDonald in 2007.
RIC got three goals apiece from senior Nicky Drolet and freshman Jessica Ricci and two goals from senior Molly Voyer. Sophomore Ashley Signoriello and senior Jenna Childs combined for eight draw controls and six ground balls.
Plymouth State led 4-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game until Voyer put the Anchorwomen n the board. PSU extended the lead to 7-1 before Drolet put in two for the visitors, but PSU outscored RIC 5-1 in the last 11 minutes of the half to make it a 12-4 game at the half. The Panthers tallied the first seven goals of the second half to put the game out of reach.
PSU finished with a 32-26 advantage in shots. PSU sophomore goalie Lorin Field made 10 saves to earn the victory, while RIC sophomore Taryn Carbone made six saves at the other end.
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