MacDonald, Swanson add support in Panther victory
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) tallied two goals and two assists Wednesday afternoon, including the game-winning goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in the second half, and the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team held on for its first victory of the season with an 8-7 decision over Colorado College.
Senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) and sophomore Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) added two goals apiece for the Panthers. MacDonald scored twice and Swanson added one as the Panthers tallied three unanswered goals early in the second half, taking a 7-5 lead with 22:45 on the clock. The Tigers scored twice in a 26-second span to even the score at 7-7 with 10:48 remaining, and McNabb put PSU ahead for good with her second of the game with 9:55 on the clock.
The Tigers put pressure on the Panther goal in the final 10 minutes, out-shooting PSU 6-0 down the stretch. Junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) preserved the victory for PSU with five saves in the final 10 minutes and 11 saves overall. Field made stops on three free-position shots in the final seven minutes, including one in the final 10 seconds to clinch the win.
It was a see-saw battle in the first half as Colorado College went ahead 2-0 but PSU answered with consecutive goals by McNabb, Swanson and sophomore Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) Sophomore Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) also added a first-half goal for PSU as the teams went into halftime tied at 4-4.
Gleason finished with six draw controls and three caused turnovers for PSU, while Swanson and Field shared the team lead with five ground balls.
PSU, 1-1, will play another game in Colorado Springs on Saturday afternoon against Pacific University (Ore.), which is coached by former PSU Coach Wynne Lobel.
Colorado College and Plymouth State join together before the game to honor Seton Hill lacrosse coach Kristie Quigley and her unborn baby who passed away in a tragic bus accident last week.
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