PSU Women’s Lacrosse too strong for Castleton

Balanced attack leads Panthers to third straight win

            CASTLETON, Vt. – Sophomores Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) and Amy MacDonald  (Hull, Mass.) combined for six goals and nine assists Thursday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team defeated Castleton State College, 18-8, in non-conference action at Spartan Stadium.

            McNabb tallied two goals and a game-high seven assists for the Panthers while MacDonald contributed four goals and two assists. PSU had a balanced offensive attack as sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) also scored four goals and senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) and freshman Meghan Grabowski (West Hartford, Conn.) chipped in with three goals apiece.

            After the teams traded goals in the first three minutes of the game, PSU rattled off seven unanswered markers over the next 17 minutes to open up an 8-1 advantage.  Connerty scored three times in the Panther streak, while MacDonald added two. The Panthers led 10-2 with two minutes to go in the first half when Castleton connected on three goals in a 24-second span to cut the margin to 10-5 at the break.

            Each team scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but PSU tallied five unanswered goals in a 12-minute span, including two by Swanson, to push the margin to 17-7 with just under eight minutes remaining.  Each team tacked on one more goal to round out the scoring.

            Junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) made 14 saves to post the win in the Panther goal. Senior Amanda Richardson (Bradford, N.H./Kearsarge) led PSU with seven ground balls, while freshman Anna Kirwan (Scituate, Mass.) picked up five.  The Panther defense forced 28 turnovers by the Spartans, led by senior Kristen Guest (Sandwich, Mass.), who caused miscues.

            PSU, 3-1 overall, will be back in action next Tuesday, Apr. 2, with a non-conference tilt at Connecticut College.

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