Tingley continues dominant play for Panthers
CASTLETON, Vt. – Plymouth State University jumped on top 3-0 in the opening seven minutes of the game and never trailed Thursday afternoon as the Panthers came away with a 16-13 victory over Castleton University in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Spartan Stadium.
The Panthers outshot Castleton 17-7 in the opening 30 minutes and finished with a 33-26 edge in the contest as they improved to 4-2 overall. The Spartans picked up just 13 of 31 draw controls and 19 ground balls as they dropped to 2-4 on the year.
Sophomore Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) was all over the field for Plymouth State, dishing off six assists to go with two goals, nine draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) provided a team-high five goals and one assist while Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) added four goals.
Senior Brandi Whittemore paced the Castleton attack with six goals, one assist, four ground balls and three draw controls, while Brianna MacKay added three goals and two assists. Maria Ploof chipped in three assists, one goal and four draw controls. Meghan Els took the loss in net, making 14 saves while allowing 16 goals.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes, though a 3-1 spurt by the Spartans trimmed the deficit to 4-3 on a free position by Whittemore at 13:52. Tingley responded with a goal less than a minute later as PSU outscored Castleton 3-1 over the remainder of the half for a 7-4 advantage.
Whittemore led off the scoring 1:35 into the second and the Spartans trailed 8-6 following a goal by Ploof at 26:44. However, the Panthers responded with four goals over a three-minute period to stretch their lead to 12-6 with 21:49 left. Castleton tried to counter, but couldn't get the offense going until the final ten minutes. The Spartans outscored PSU 4-1 in the last 9:15, including three from MacKay, but the Panthers held on for the 16-13 victory.
Sophomore Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) started and played three minutes before being subbed for junior Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.), who finished with eight saves in 38:30 to earn the victory. Freshman Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) came on in relief and stopped three shots over the final 18:29.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday when the team hosts Thomas at 2:30 pm. The Panthers are off until Tuesday, when they return to Vermont to take on Norwich University at 4:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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