Tingley leads Panthers to fourth straight victory
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore midfielder Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) scored four goals and added one assist Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University topped the Anchorwomen of Rhode Island College, 16-4, in Little East Conference women's lacrosse action at the RIC Lacrosse Field.
The Panthers (7-2, 2-0 LEC) got on the board 2:40 into the first half when freshman Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) scored on a free position shot. Tingley and sophomore Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) each scored a pair of goals over the next 4:24 to take a commanding 5-0 lead just seven minutes into the game.
RIC (3-5, 0-2 LEC) got on the board at the 8:17 mark of the first half when junior Betsy Heidel (Warwick, R.I.) scored an unassisted goal. Tingley tacked on two more goals in a 26-second span to take a 7-1 edge, while a goal from freshman defender Emily Sauls (North Andover, Mass.), off a feed from Zuccaro, put the Panthers up 8-1 going into the halftime break.
RIC freshman goalkeeper Julia Eaton (Cumberland, RI) made four saves in the half with the Panthers holding a commanding 15-3 advantage in shots. Plymouth State also held an 11-4 edge in ground balls in the stanza.
The Anchorwomen struck quickly in the second half when sophomore Toni Montanaro (Cranston, R.I.) scored her fourth goal of the season 4:36 into the second period. The Panthers ripped off the next four goals to take a 12-2 advantage, before Heidel's second of the day cut the deficit down to nine, 12-3, with 14:57 remaining.
RIC freshman Alison Nolan (Topsham, ME) tacked on the final RIC goal by scoring at the 18:37 mark of the frame to make the score 13-4. Plymouth State was able to rattle off three goals to close out the game and secure victory.
Eaton (3-5) made 14 saves in the loss, while Brault and freshman goalkeeper Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) combined for two saves. PSU held a 37-8 advantage in shots and a 20-8 edge in ground balls for the game.
Tingley's four goals and one assist led all PSU players with Sullivan ranking second on the squad with two goals and one assist for three points. Zuccaro and sophomore Merissa Milano (North Reading, Mass.) also tallied two goals apiece in the victory.
Heidel led the Anchorwomen's attack with two goals with Montanaro and Nolan each scoring a goal in the loss.
PSU is back in action Tuesday at Arold Field in a non-conference make-up game against Bridgewater State University (4:00 p.m.) Rhode Island College will play at Elms on Tuesday (7 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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