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PSU Women’s Lax powers past Eastern Connecticut

Panthers win fourth straight, remain unbeaten in Little East

            NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Seniors Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) combined to record nine goals and two assists Saturday evening to lead Plymouth State University to a 17-5 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at the New Hampton School field.

            The Panthers won their fourth straight game to improve to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the Little East, while Eastern dropped its third in a row and fell to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

            Connerty tallied a game-high five goals and one assist while MacDonald added four goals and a helper for the winners. Senior Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) and sophomore Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) notched two goals apiece, while sophomore Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) added a goal and three assists and freshman Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and two assists.

            Connerty and Eastern freshman Bianca Jacques (Berlin, Conn.) traded goals in the first three minutes of the game before MacDonald pumped in three straight goals in a five-minute span to push PSU 4-1 lead. Senior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) took a turn at scoring for PSU and Fistori, Connerty and MacDonald scored again for the home team to make it 8-1 at the halfway point of the half.

            Sophomore Paige Schneider (East Lyme, Conn.) stopped the bleeding with a goal for Eastern with 10 minutes on the clock, but Fistori answered for PSU just 14 seconds later. Connerty alone outscored the visitors 3-1 in the final six minutes of the half to put the Panthers up 12-3 at the break.

            PSU scored three straight goals in the first six minutes of the second half and coasted to the win.

            Plymouth State finished with a 29-12 advantage in shots and an 18-6 margin in draw controls. Senior Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) made three saves to record the win for PSU, while sophomore Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn.) made seven saves for Eastern.

            Both teams are back in action with conference games on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., PSU visiting rival Keene State College and Eastern Connecticut hosting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

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