Balanced attack leads Panthers to victory in home opener
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team used a balanced attack Wednesday afternoon to defeat Salve Regina University, 20-10, in the first home game of the season at The New Hampton School field.
Sophomore Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) led the way for PSU with four goals, while seniors Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) combined for 11 pooints, Connerty with three goals and two assists and MacDonald with two goals and four assists. Freshman Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) also chipped in with three goals and an assist.
The Seahawks also spread around their scoring, with senior Gina Tortorici (Deer Park, N.Y.), juniors Abigail Tepper (Foxboro, Mass.) and Morgan McNulty (Durham, Conn.) and freshman Katie Kline (Brookfield, Conn.) all notching two goals.
Kline scored the first goal of the game for Salve, but PSU tallied the next four to take the lead for good. Tingley and Connerty added their second goals of the game to push the Panther lead to 6-2, and Kline answered for Salve to make it 6-3 midway through the first half.
PSU ran off six unanswered goals in the final eight minutes of the frame, including two by Vonachen, and MacDonald added a late goal to give the home team a 14-5 margin at the break.
Vonachen scored the first two goals of the second half for PSU. Freshmen provided the remainder of the offense for the Panthers with Merissa Milano (North Reading, Mass.) scoring twice and Abbie McCaffrey (Bolton, Mass.) and Caity O'Leary (Gloucester, Mass.) one each.
Senior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) led all players with eight draw controls for PSU while senior Sarah Woods (East Lyme, Conn.) grabbed seven draws for Salve.
Both teams used two goalies in the game. Senior Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) made five saves for PSU in the first half and sophomore Meg Brault (South WIndsor, Conn.) stopped eight shots in the second half. Graduate student Josephine O'Reilly (Middletown, R.I.) made eight saves in the first 40 minutes for the Seahawks before giving way to junior Katie Jones (Derry, N.H.).
Plymouth State, 2-1, is off to California for three games during the school's Spring Break, beginning Monday, Mar. 16, at Chapman University. Salve Regina, 0-2, is back in action Friday at Eastern Connecticut State University.
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