Team effort leads Panthers to seventh straight victory
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team pushed its winning streak to seven games Thursday evening with a 25-4 victory over Fitchburg State University in non-conference action at Elliott Field.
The Panthers used a strong team effort in the win, receiving goals from 11 different players, with nine players scoring at least two goals, and three goalies holding down the fort in the pipes. The 25 goals are the most in a game for PSU since a 25-3 win over Thomas College in 2010. PSU improves to 11-2 this season while Fitchburg State is now 5-10.
Freshman Brogan Canty (South Windsor, Conn.) led the Panthers with a season-high four-goals. Sophomores Shannon Connerty (Nashua, NH) and Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) and freshman Meghan Grabowski (West Hartford, Conn.) pumped in three goals apiece, with Connerty also setting up three goals. Senior s Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) and Marie Lander (Ossipee, N.H.), sophomores Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) and Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) and freshman Emily Tilton (Cranston, RI) all contributed two goals to the Panther attack.
Junior Markie Apple (Pittsfield, Mass.) registered all four goals for Fitchburg State.
Connerty, MacDonald, and Swanson, who all have more than 30 goals this season, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead four minutes into the game. After the Falcons got on the scoreboard three minutes later, Fistori, Connerty and Swanson tallied consecutive markers to push the lead to 6-1 with 19 minutes to go in the first half. Apple notched her second goal for Fitchburg a minute later but PSU tallied eight unanswered goals to close out the half before coasting to the win in the second half.
The Panthers outshot the Falcons 39-10 in the game and held a 22-9 edge in ground balls. Sophomore Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) started in goal for PSU and made three saves in the first half to earn the win. Freshman Mollie Brown (Westwood, Mass.) and senior Ally Baribault (Middle Haddam, Conn.) split time in goal in the second half.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season Saturday with a visit to Rhode Island College for a Little East Conference affair.
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