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April 2, 2013

PSU Women's Lax rallies past Conn. College in 2OT

Connerty scores seven goals; MacDonald tallies GW

            NEW LONDON, Conn. – Plymouth State University erased a 15-9 second-half deficit with six unanswered goals in the last 12 minutes of regulation Tuesday afternoon, and then pulled out the victory in the second overtime for a 16-15 triumph over Connecticut College in non-conference women's lacrosse action.

            Sophomore Amy MacDonald  (Hull, Mass.) scored the equalizer for PSU with 40 seconds remaining in regulation and then tallied the game winner with 1:34 to play in the second six-minute overtime. Sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) matched her career-high with seven goals and two assists as PSU won its fourth in a row to improve to 4-1.

            MacDonald finished with four goals and two assists, while senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) added three goals and one assist and sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) contributed two goals and two assists. Sophomore goalie Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) earned the win for PSU, coming off the bench and making six saves on nine shots in more than 33 minutes of play, including a key save at the end of regulation that helped force overtime.

            Taylor Thomas and Bri Miller led the Camels (2-7) with four goals apiece, and Lowell Abbott added three scores.

            It was a see-saw battle in the first half, with three lead changes.  Connerty scored three in a row in the middle of the half to put the Panthers up 5-3, but the home team outscored PSU 6-1 over the final 17 minutes of the half to take a 9-6 advantage into the break.

            The Camels scored the first three goals of the second half to open up a 12-6 margin.  MacDonald and Connerty answered for PSU, but Conn. College continued the pressure and Miller's fourth goal with 12:23 made it 15-9 with 12:23 remaining in regulation.

            The Panthers would not quit.  McNabb scored two in a row to cut the margin to four goals. Connerty tallied two and MacDonald one as the Panthers closed to within a goal with four minutes remaining, and MacDonald snuck in the tying goal with 40 seconds on the clock to force overtime.

            Conn. College managed two shots in the first overtime, but Curran was there in the PSU goal.  MacDonald netted the unassisted game-winner on PSU's second shot in the second extra session.

            PSU will be back in action Thursday with another non-conference affair at Bridgewater State University.

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