Balanced attack leads Panthers to victory in LEC debut
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team used its balanced potent attack Saturday afternoon to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 18-4, in the Little East Conference opener at UMD's Cressy Field.
Senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) led the way for the Panthers with five goals. Sophomores Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) and Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Meghan Grabowski (West Hartford, Conn.) added three goals each, with MacDonald collecting a team-high three assists and Connerty adding one. Sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) also contributed two goals and two assists as PSU improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Little East.
Freshman Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) led the Corsairs with two goals and one assist, but UMD dropped to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the LEC.
PSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead 12 minutes into the game, with five different players tallying goals and Swanson scoring twice. Kane put the Corsairs on the board with 14 minutes remaining in the half, but PSU came back with the next four goals to open up a 10-1 lead. UMD junior Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and PSU senior Marie Lander (Ossipee, N.H) traded goals in the final minute of the half as the Panthers took an 11-2 lead into the break.
The Corsairs scored two of the first three goals of the second half, but PSU tallied the last six over the final 20 minutes to coast to the win.
PSU finished with a 41-10 advantage in shots and a 44-30 margin in ground balls. MacDonald picked up a team-high seven ground balls while Swanson recorded four ground balls and a team-high five draw controls.
After seven games on the road to open the season, PSU returns home to host the home opener on Arold Field Thursday against Framingham State University (4:00 p.m.) UMD visits Framingham State Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
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