Swanson, MacDonald lead Panthers to LEC victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) and sophomore Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) combined to score nine goals Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Western Connecticut State University, 14-7, in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at Arold Field.
Swanson's second goal of the game with 29 seconds left in the first half put the Panthers up 5-3 at the intermission, and PSU tallied four unanswered goals to open the second half to gain some breathing room. A pair of Western goals cut the margin to 9-5, but the Panthers tallied the next five goals to put the game under control with five minutes remaining.
Swanson finished with five goals while MacDonald added four goals and one assist. Sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) also got into the scoring action with two goals and three assists for PSU, while classmate Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) added a goal and an assist to her game-high nine draw controls. The Panthers extended their winning streak to five games and improved to 9-2 overall, maintaining a share of first place in the Little East with a 4-0 mark.
Senior Nicole Perrone (Brookfield, Conn.) led the visitors with two goals and two assists, a game-high five ground balls and a team-high three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Freshman Emma Theiler (Waterford, Conn.) chipped in with two goals and an assist but the Colonials dropped to 6-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Up 5-3 at the half, sophomore Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) and McNabb scored unassisted goals for PSU to start the second half, and Swanson and MacDonald followed to make it 9-3 with 20 minutes to play. Theiler and sophomore Kelsey Heaton (New Milford, Conn.) answered to Western, but Swanson fired in two in a row for PSU and Gleason, MacDonald and freshman Emily Tilton (Cranston, R.I.) tacked on three more to seal the win for the Panthers.
PSU junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) was solid in goal, finishing with 12 saves, while Western junior Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) made 10 stops.
The teams head into the final week of the regular season with key conference games coming up on Wednesday as PSU hosts the University of Southern Maine on Senior Day at Arold Field while Western Connecticut visits in-state rival Eastern Connecticut. PSU and USM are tied atop the LEC standings, both with 4-0 league records.
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