Gleason leads Panthers in non-conference setback
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Springfield College women's lacrosse team grinded out an 8-5 victory over Plymouth State University on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon, aided by a balanced attack of six different goal scorers.
With the win, the Pride improve to 3-1 overall, while the Panthers drop to 0-2.
The Panthers were led by junior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.), who scored two goals and collected seven draw controls.
Freshman Jordyn Godfrey (Glenville, N.Y.) opened the scoring for the Panthers when she snuck a goal past Springfield's goalkeeper just 1:25 into the contest. Senior midfielder Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn.) buried a feed from Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) 10 minutes later to pull the Pride even at one. Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) gave the Pride a 2-1 lead at the 15:37 mark but was quickly answered by Plymouth State freshman Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) just 45 seconds later to pull the Panthers back even.
Gleason beat her defender and fired home a strike with 5:39 remaining in the first half, junior Molly to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Following an inadvertent whistle, junior Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) was left alone in front of the net with a free-postion opportunity that she capitalized on to pull the Pride even with, each team with three goals apiece.
At the 19:00 mark of the second half, a turnover caused by Bridget Thibodeau (Andover, Mass.) resulted in Springfield transition the other way, capped off with a goal by Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) to give the Pride a 4-3 lead. Rodgers capitalized on a free-position opportunity with a strike to make the score 5-3, Springfield. Back-to-back goals from Gallo and sophomore Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.) extended the Pride's lead to 7-3 when Nielsen converted a free-position opportunity, scoring her sixth goal of the season.
A free-position shot from Vonachen 1:23 later caromed off the left post and found the stick of Gleason who finished a shot past Versprille to make the score 7-4. Nielsen added her second goal of the game at the 4:34 mark after dodging past her defender, giving the Pride an 8-4 lead heading into the final minutes of the contest.
Junior Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) netted her second tally of the game for Plymouth State as she took advantage of a free-position opportunity cutting the deficit to three. Springfield was able to fend off late opportunities from the Panthers, claiming their third win of the season.
Springfield out shot the Panthers 23-16 and defeated them in the ground ball battle, 16-7. The Pride also had eight draw controls, to Plymouth State's seven.
Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) made two saves to pick up the win, while Plymouth State senior Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) notched eight stops.
The Pride will be back in action on Tuesday when they will host the Trinity Bantams on Stagg Field. PSU plays again Wednesday at Wellesley College (4:00 p.m.)
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