Tingley scores game-winner for Panthers; Wilder leads team with five goals
LOS ANGELES – Freshman Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal 90 seconds into the second overtime Friday night to give Plymouth State University a dramatic 13-12 victory over Occidental College in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Jack Kemp Stadium.
The outcome gave PSU (4-2) its second straight win on its Spring Break trip to California, and snapped Oxy's (5-4) five-game winning streak.
It was a dramatic finish after the hosts overcame a three-goal deficit in the second half, tying the score at 12-apiece with 4:35 remaining in regulation. Oxy appeared to score the game-winning goal with 6.5 seconds left in regulation but a free position goal by Rebecca Reese was wiped off of the scoreboard due to an illegal stick. As the Tigers' celebrated and Reese left her stick for the referees to check, a shocking whistled sounded and Reese's stick was sent to the sideline.
After one scoreless 6-minute overtime period, Tingley buried the sudden-death game-winner for PSU 90 seconds into the next overtime session.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) led the Panthers with a season-high five goals and senior Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) tallied two goals and two assists. Tingley and sophomore Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) added two goals each, and senior Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) scored one goal and collected a game-high seven draw controls.
Alida Beck scored five goals to lead the Tigers, while Reese finished with three goals and Mackenzie Wright added a pair.
After a see-saw first half ended up tied at 9-9, Pymouth State went on a 3-0 run in the first eight minutes of the second half, including two by Wilder, to take a 12-9 lead. The Tigers came back with goals by Beck and Wright to cut the deficit to one, and then Beebe Finch Sanders tied it at 12-12 with a free position score with 4:35 left in regulation, setting up the overtime.
Oxy struggled converting free position opportunities all night, finishing the game just 3 of 10 from the eight-meter circle. PSU sophomore goalkeeper Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) was a big cause for Oxy's lack of success on free positions, saving 12 total shots in 54 minutes played.
PSU returns to New England and is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday at Castleton State College (4:00 p.m.)
(With contributions from Occidental Sports Information)
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