Bridgewater State rallies past PSU Women's Lax

Panthers go to overtime for second straight game

            BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Bridgewater State University scored the game-tying goal with 1:24 to play in the second half and tallied the only two goals of the six-minute overtime Thursday evening, rallying to defeat Plymouth State University, 11-9, in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Swenson Field.

            PSU sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) scored two goals in the first two minutes of the game, and the Panthers held the lead until Alexis Hadcock found the back of the net with 1:24 to play in regulation.  BSU goals in the first three minutes of overtime by Melanie Appleman and Lauren Geary gave the Bears their eighth straight victory and kept their undefeated season (8-0) alive.

            Plymouth State had its four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-2, going to overtime for the second straight game (PSU nipped Connecticut College Tuesday in four OTs, 16-15).

            McNabb, senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) and sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) tallied two goals apiece for PSU, with Swanson and McNabb also recording an assist, and sophomore Amy MacDonald  (Hull, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and two assists.

            Connerty, Swanson and sophomore Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) joined Swanson in the first-half scoring for PSU, helping the Panthers to a 5-2 lead at intermission.  Appleman opened the scoring for BSU in the first minute of the second half, but PSU answered with scores by MacDonald and Swanson to push the margin back up to three goals at 7-4.

            BSU turned the game around and gained the momentum, out-scoring PSU 5-2 over the final 20 minutes of the second half. The Panthers got goals from sophomore Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) and Connerty, but the BSU rally sent the game to overtime.

            Appleman gave the Bears their first lead of the night 1:31 into the overtime period off a feed from Farland.  Freshman Lauren Geary then notched an unassisted tally with just one second left before the teams switched ends to give Bridgewater the 11-9 lead.

            PSU managed the only shot in the next three minutes, but the Bears held off the Panther charge and the clock ran out.

            Junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) made 13 saves in the Panther net, while BSU freshman keeper Chandler Ross finished with nine stops.  PSU senior defender Kristen Guest (Sandwich, Mass.) posted a team-high seven ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Gleason collected nine draw controls.

            Both teams are back in action on Saturday.  The Bears entertain Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Worcester State University at 7:00 p.m., while the Panthers open Little East Conference play at UMass Dartmouth (1:00 p.m.) 

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