Field backbones Panthers to Little East triumph
GORHAM, Maine – Senior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) made 15 saves and broke the school's career save record Wednesday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team to a 17-6 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match-up at Hannaford Field.
The Panthers used a balanced offensive attack to power past the Huskies. Junior Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and freshmen Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) tallied four goals each, with Connerty also dishing off two assists for a game-high six points. Junior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) chipped in with three goals and a game-high seven draw controls.
The home team made a game of it in the first half, answering PSU's first two goals by rookies Vonachen and Jordyn Godfrey (Glenville, N.Y.) with two of their own by Rosie Forster and Shelby Turcotte to even the score with 11:40 remaining. Plymouth State pulled ahead again by two on goals by Gleason and Connerty, and Forster cut the margin to one for the Huskies with 8:33 remaining. The Panthers took over from there, scoring five unanswered goals to take a 9-3 lead at the break. Wilder had two goals in the Panther rally, and Gleason, Connerty and Vonachen one each.
Southern Maine showed life with the first goal of the second half, but PSU scored four straight, two by Wilder and two by Connerty, to open up a 13-4 advantage with 16 minutes remaining. The Panthers won going away, scoring four of the final six goals the rest of the way.
Field made 15 saves while allowing just five goals in 50 minutes between the pipes. She now has 493 career saves, breaking the mark of 489 by Lisa Goldberg accomplished from 1998-2000.
PSU wraps up the regular season this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on Panther Field, hosting Rhode Island College in a Little East match-up on Senior Day.
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