MacDonald manages lone goal for Panthers in non-conference setback
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Led by four points from Kerstin Lindrooth (Bryn Athyn, Pa.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team handled Plymouth State in an 8-1 victory Saturday afternoon on Stagg Field.
This marks the third time in the past five seasons that Springfield has won four of its first five games to open the season. Plymouth State drops to 1-1 with the setback.
The Pride owned an 18-7 edge in shots on the day and won eight of the game's 11 draw controls. Lindrooth led all scorers with three goals and an assist, while both Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) and Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted two assists and a goal each. Gabriella Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) earned the win in net as she made four stops and allowed a season-low one goal.
Springfield controlled the pace of play in the first half, maintaining possession for the majority of the opening 30 minutes of play. Lindrooth opened the scoring as she slotted her shot into the top shelf off a feed from Cabral with 16:19 left in the half. Just 32 seconds later,Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) found Cabral all alone for a strike on the run after a restart.
Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) got into the scoring mix just over two minutes later, and Lindrooth closed out the first half scoring as she one-time a crease feed from Cabral at the 9:06 mark to give the Pride a 4-0 lead heading into the half.
A little over a minute later, Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) struck back for the Pride, stinging the top corner of the net off a feed from Bianca Raniolo.
Springfield tacked on another goal less than two minutes later in unusual fashion. After a foul was called on Plymouth State while the goalkeeper Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) was out of her cage by 25 yards, Lindrooth fired a pass up ahead that deflected off the stick of Bianca Raniolo and trickeled into the back of the net after rolling for 10 yards.
Lindrooth closed out the Pride's scoring, capitalizing on two free-position opportunities with 11:46 and 10:52 left on the clock.
The Pride will resume action on Thursday evening when it travels to play the nation's top-ranked team, Amherst College, at 6:00 pm. PSU plays again Wednesday at Salve Regina University (5:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)
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