Sullivan's five goals leads strong team effort for Panthers
HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Sophomore Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) tallied a game-high five goals and one assist Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 17-10, at the Holderness School Field in the Little East Conference women's opener for both schools.
PSU has won three games in a row to improve to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while UMD is now 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the Little East.
Freshman Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) had an outstanding day in goal for PSU to record her first career win, one of three Panther goalies to see playing time. Wargo made 13 saves, several from point-blank range, while allowing just five goals in 35 minutes of action between the pipes.
The Panthers used a team effort on offense as 10 different players scored at least one goal. In addition to Sullivan, juniors Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) notched two apiece. Junior Becky Dale (Keene, N.H.) picked up a team-high four ground balls, and Tingley and Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) collected four draw controls each.
Sophomore Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) led the Corsairs with three goals and an assist along with three draw controls and two ground balls. Senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) had a strong all-around game with two goals, six draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers, and sophomore Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) was also a force with a game-high seven ground balls, two draw controls, two caused turnovers, one goal and two assists. Junior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and sophomore Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) also contributed two goals each.
DiPillo had a goal and an assists as the visitors took an early 2-1 lead. PSU rattled off seven consecutive goals, including two each from Sullivan and Vonachen, to go up 8-2 with 13 minutes left in the first half. Douty scored consecutive goals for UMD to cut the margin to 8-5, but PSU outscored the visitors 5-1 over the last 10 minutes of the half to take a 13-5 advantage into the intermission.
The Corsairs outscored PSU 5-4 in the second half but the Panthers maintained control throughout and held on for the win.
Next up on the schedule for Plymouth State is a home game against Bridgewater State University scheduled for Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Arold Field. The Corsairs will play a trio of home games next week, first playing host to non-conference foe Salve Regina on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
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