Panthers win Little East opener over Corsairs
HOLDERNESS, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team used a balanced scoring attack Saturday afternoon to post an easy 22-3 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Little East Conference opener at The Holderness School.
Three Panthers scored four goals apiece -- junior Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.), sophomore Emily Tilton (Cranston, R.I.) and freshman Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.), while junior Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) tallied two goals and a career-high six assists. PSU won its fifth straight game to improve to 5-2 overall (1-0 LEC).
Freshman Kelly Kryzak (Jeffersonville, Vt.) recorded a goal and an assist for the visitors, who dropped to 2-8 overall (0-2 LEC).
After Tilton and UMD sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) traded goals to open the scoring, PSU rattled off 10 unanswered goals over the next 20 minutes to open up an 11-1 lead. Tilton had three goals in the stretch and Wilder and Connerty two each. Kryzak broke the streak for UMD but MacDonald answered for the Panthers, who took a 12-2 lead into the break.
Connerty and Wilder each scored consecutive goals to open the second-half scoring and the Panthers coasted home the rest of the way.
Junior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) was also a key contributor for PSU with two goals, six draw controls and three ground balls. Freshman Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) added a goal, an assist, five draw controls and three ground balls.
Kane and freshman Jessica Miles (Lynnfield, Mass.) each collected three draw controls for the Corsairs, and freshman Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) posted three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Senior goalkeeper Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) earned the win for PSU, making three saves in 36 minutes of action, while reserves Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) and Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) each made one save.
UMD also used multiple goalies, as freshmen Leah Wilkinson (Northfield, Conn.) and Nicole Butts (Milford, Mass.) each made three saves.
PSU plays again Wednesday with a 6:30 p.m. contest against Bridgewater State University at the New Hampton (N.H.) School. UMD is back in action Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. clash at Framingham State University.
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