Panthers finish back-to-back unbeaten LEC slates
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) tallied four goals and an assist for a game-high five points Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team to a 17-2 Little East Conference victory over Rhode Island College in the regular season finale for both teams at the RIC Lacrosse Field.
Winners of eight straight contests, Plymouth State (12-2 overall, 6-0 LEC) heads into the LEC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and will be off until the semifinal round on Friday, May 3, when it will face the winner of the first round matchup between #5 Eastern Connecticut and #4 Western Connecticut.
Rhode Island College (5-8, 1-5 LEC) clinched its second consecutive Little East Tournament appearance as the No. 6 seed and will travel to Keene State to take on the third-seeded Owls in a first-round game on Tuesday, April 30.
The Panthers stormed out of the gate to an early, 3-0, lead as senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.), sophomore Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.), and McNabb all posted goals in the first 10 minutes of action. After sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) found the back of the net with a little over 16 minutes remaining in the first stanza, sophomore Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.), freshman Meghan Grabowski (West Hartford, Conn.) and McNabb all followed with goals to give Plymouth State a 7-0 lead in the waning minutes of the first half.
RIC sophomore Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) ripped a shot into the goal with just 39 seconds left to play before intermission to send the hosts into the break down by just six.
Plymouth State opened the second half with back-to-back goals in the first five minutes courtesy of Swanson and Grabowski to push their lead up to eight, 9-1. PSU never looked back from there, as the visitors continued with its dominant offensive attack and scored seven more goals to pull away from the Anchorwomen down the stretch.
Grabowski and MacDonald each tallied three goals for PSU, while Swanson posted two goals and two assists. Senior Marie Lander (Ossipee, N.H.) registered two goals and an assist, while Connerty added a goal and two assists.
Plymouth State out-shot Rhode Island College, 46-19, and held a decisive advantage in ground balls, 26-16, and turnovers, 16-25. The Anchorwomen held an 11-10 advantage in draw controls, with sophomore attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) accounting for seven of them.
Senior Kristen Guest (Sandwich, Mass.) led the Panthers with a game-high five caused turnovers and a game-high five ground balls. PSU junior goalkeeper Lorin Field (Hollis, NH) earned the win (9-2) and made 14 saves along the way, while RIC junior goalie Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) made 16 saves.
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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