Balanced scoring leads Panthers to fourth straight win
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Junior Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) scored the go-ahead goal with 3:56 left in regulation and senior goalkeeper Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) made 10 saves helping Plymouth State University rally past Babson College, 9-7, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With its fourth straight win, Plymouth State is now 4-2 on the year, while Babson drops to 3-7 overall.
The Panthers displayed a balanced attack as MacDonald, junior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) and freshmen Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) all scored two goals. Gleason had a team-high four draw controls and sophomore Emily Tilton (Cranston, R.I.) led all players with three caused turnovers.
Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) had a game-high four goals to go along with four groundballs and two draw controls for the Beavers. Freshmen Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) and Kate Montague (Manchester, Vt.) both scored once. Freshman Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) had four groundballs and sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) had three draw controls in the loss.
Secrist opened the scoring just 2:22 into the contest and Montague notched her first collegiate goal at the 22:51 mark to give the Green and White a 2-0 edge. After trading free-position scores, Plymouth State got back-to-back tallies from Gleason and Vonachen to knot the game at 3-3 with 8:54 left in the period.
Two more goals from Secrist sandwiched around a free-position goal from Gleason gave Babson a 5-4 lead after 30 minutes.
Freshman Jordyn Godfrey (Glenville, N.Y.) tied the game with a free-position strike 2:58 into the second half and Wilder converted a feed from junior Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) to give the Panthers their first lead of the game at 6-5. After being thwarted twice by Field on free-position attempts, McKenna tied the game for the Beavers on her fourth goal of the year with 11:13 to go.
Wilder pushed Plymouth State back in front at the 9:29 mark, but the Green and White tied it again on a team goal with 5:26 remaining before MacDonald's scored the go-ahead goal, as well as an insurance marker with four seconds left.
Along with her 10 saves, Field led the Panthers with four groundballs. Senior goalkeeper Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) stopped two shots for Babson, which held a 27-18 advantage in shots.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Springfield at 1 p.m., while the Panthers will take on UMass Dartmouth at the Holderness School at 3:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Babson Sports Information)
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