PSU Women’s Lacrosse nipped by Springfield in opener

McNabb, Swanson lead Panthers in setback

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Meghan Flanagan tallied a game-high four goals Wednesday evening as the Springfield College women's lacrosse team held off Plymouth State University, 7-6, on a frigid Stagg Field.

            Springfield is now 3-0 on the season and off it its best start since the 2007 campaign. The Panthers dropped their season opener to fall to 0-1.

            Sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) tallied two goals and an assist for Plymouth State, while senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) found the back of the cage twice. Sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) registered three draw controls and two caused turnovers, and junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) made nine saves.

            In addition to Flanagan's four strikes, Kelly Gallo was the only other member of the Pride with multiple points as she posted a goal and an assist. Ellie Getchell caused four turnovers, and Michel Dorsey snagged four ground balls. Anne Versprille posted the win in goal, making just two saves.

            Springfield finished with a 27-11 advantage in shots, including a 17-5 edge in the first 30 minutes of play. The Pride raced out to a 4-0 lead as Flanagan opened up the scoring with a free-position strike 2:44 into the contest, before Gallo added an unassisted goal just 20 seconds later. Gallo found Jennifer McDonough with a feed in transition at the 21:46 mark, and Flanagan scored her second of the game after she muscled through four Panther defenders to stick home a goal with 16:18 on the clock.

            Plymouth State scored the final two goals of the half, starting with Swanson at the 14:57 mark after a feed from sophomore Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.). from behind the cage. Meghan Grabowski (West Hartford, Conn.) made it a 4-2 contest after spinning off her defender on the crease with 7:47 to go.

            The Panthers continued strong to start the second, scoring two of the halves' first three goals to get within a goal at 5-4 following a quick-stick strike from sophomore Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) with 16:33 left in regulation.

            However, Springfield strung together two unanswered goals, using free-position markers from Connie Nielsen and Flanagan, to regain a three-goal cushion at the 14:41 mark. McNabb slipped in a shot at 8:21 and Swanson buried a free-position strike with 6:26 to set up an exciting finish.

            Field made a huge save on a free-position attempt by the Pride with just over four minutes to play, but Getchell played tremendous defense and caused a turnover with the Panthers threatening in their offensive set to ultimately seal the win.

            PSU will be back in action during its spring break trip, taking on Colorado College on Wednesday, Mar. 20, in Colorado Springs. 

 (Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information) 

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