Fistori's late goal lifts Panthers to comeback win
KEENE, N.H. – Sophomore Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) scored the go-ahead goal with 2:31 to play Tuesday afternoon and Plymouth State University held off a late charge in the closing seconds by Keene State College to post a come-from-behind 10-9 Little East Conference women's lacrosse victory at the Owl Athletic Complex.
PSU trailed 9-7 midway through the second half, but senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) scored two goals in a two-minute span to deadlock the score with less than 13 minutes remaining, setting up Fistori's game-winner.
Plymouth State, 8-2 overall, extends its winning streak to four games and remains undefeated in the LEC (3-0) and tied with Southern Maine atop the conference standings. Keene State saw its five-game winning streak come to an end and fell to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
The back-and-forth game featured three lead changes and six ties in the first half. Senior Lauren Brown's (Agawam, Mass.) third goal of the half with 31 seconds to go gave KSC a slim 7-6 lead at the break.
Keene State added to its lead at the 3:08 mark of the second half when freshman Kaitlin Nolan (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored on a free position shot. Sophomore Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal three minutes later to cut the Owls lead to 8-7.
Senior Nicole Curry (Hampstead, N.H.) gave Keene State back its two goal lead (9-7) when she finished off a pass from sophomore Ashley Borjeson (Londonderry, N.H.) with 9:55 to play in the game, but Keene State couldn't hold onto the lead. The Panthers scored the final three goals of the game to net the comeback win.
Sophomore goalie Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) made a couple of big saves on shots by Nolan and junior Lindsay McManus (Dover, N.H.) to keep the score knotted. Gaining possession with 10 minutes to play, the Panthers went into a stall, holding the ball until sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) set up Fistori for the game-winning goal.
PSU appeared to be in control when it won the draw, but freshman Christa Demovellan (Westwood, Mass.) got the ball back for the Owls with a cause turnover with just over a minute to play.
Brown got a shot off with 12 seconds to play, but Curran made the save to secure the win for Plymouth State.
Brown scored three goals and McManus netted a pair to lead the Owls' offense.
McDonald and Swanson each had three goals and sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) found the back of the net twice for PSU.
Curran played 19:10 in relief of starter Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.), earning the win on goals for PSU and finishing with three saves. Junior Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) made six saves for the Owls.
Sophomore Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) had eight draw controls for the Panthers while Curry collected three ground balls and three draw controls for KSC.
Both teams play LEC games on Saturday, as Keene State hosts UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State entertains Western Connecticut.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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