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March 23, 2013

Connerty leads PSU Women’s Lax over Pacific (Ore.)

Balanced attack lifts Panthers to second win in Colorado

            COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) matched her career-high with seven goals Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team defeated Pacific University (Ore.), 16-5, in non-conference action at Colorado College's Washburn Field.

            The Panthers also got three goals from senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.), two goals and three assists from sophomore Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) and a goal and three assists from sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.)

            Sophomore Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) collected 11 draw controls for the Panthers, and senior Kristen Guest (Sandwich, Mass.) posted a team-high eight ground balls and four caused turnovers. Junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) made 10 saves before giving way in the last six minutes to sophomore Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.), who stopped both shots she faced.

   
   

            The game was played in 19 degree weather with snow on the field and 30 mile per hour winds.  The Panthers were matched up against Pacific head coach Wynne Lobel, who was Plymouth State's head coach from 2001-24 (pictured left with PSU Coach Kristin Blanchette).

            Pacific scored the first goal of the game just over a minute after the opening draw, but that ended up as the only goal of the first half for the Boxers.  PSU answered with four goals in the next three minutes to take the lead for good, with Swanson, freshman Meghan Grabowski (West Hartford, Conn.), Connerty and sophomore Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) finding the back of the net. Connerty and MacDonald added goals later in the half as PSU went into the break with a 6-1 lead.

            The teams traded goals in the first two minutes of the second half, but Connerty added two more and MacDonald and Swanson tallied one each as PSU pulled away to an 11-2 margin.  Pacific got no closer than seven goals the rest of the way.

            PSU, 2-1 overall, returns to New England and will play again Tuesday at Fitchburg State University (4:00 p.m.) 

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