Panthers down Bears to post fifth straight win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University sophomore Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) tallied a team-high four first-half goals Wednesday afternoon and Plymouth State University held off a strong second-half rally by Bridgewater State University to defeat the visiting Bears, 12-10, in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Arold Field.
PSU won its fifth consecutive game to improve to 8-2 overall, while BSU had a two-game win streak stopped and dipped to 6-3.
The Panthers controlled the game in the first 30 minutes and held a 9-2 advantage late in the half. BSU got two back before the intermission and outscored the home team 6-2 in the first 25 minutes of the second half to pull to within one goal at 11-10 with less than five minutes remaining. Junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) tacked on an insurance goal for PSU with 1:45 remaining and the Panthers ran out the clock for the victory.
Vonachen, sophomore Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) and freshman Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) contributed two goals apiece for PSU, with Tingley adding two assists and Vonachen one. Zuccaro collected a team-high five draw controls while sophomore Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) picked up a team-best five ground balls. Junior goalie Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) made nine saves between the pipes while also recording six ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Senior Lauren Geary (Hull, Mass.) had a standout game for Bridgewater State, scoring a game-high seven goals, registering 11 ground balls and four draw controls and causing eight Panther turnovers. Freshman Elizabeth Ettridge (Marshfield, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and junior Alex King (North Weymouth, Mass.) added three assists. Junior goalie Allie Forman (Marblehead, Mass.) turned away 11 Panther shots in the Bears' net.
Sullivan and Zuccaro gave the Panthers an early 2-0 lead, and Geary's first goal cut the margin in half eight minutes into the game. PSU ran off four goals in a row, one each by Sullivan, junior Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.), Vonachen and Tingley, to take a 6-1 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half. After Ettridge broke the streak with a free-position goal, PSU scored three in a row, two by Sullivan and one by Tingley, to make it 9-2 with less than four minutes on the first-half clock.
Geary came back with a goal with two minutes to play in the half, and added another as time expired to make it 9-4 at the break.
Guerriero scored the first goal of the second half for PSU, but BSU went refused to back down. The Bears scored four in a row, including two by Geary, to pull to within two goals, 10-8, with 13 minutes remaining. After Zuccaro scored for PSU, Geary added two more to make it 11-10 with less than five minutes remaining. That's as close as the Bears would come, as PSU went on to the 12-10 victory.
Both teams are right back in action Thursday as the Panthers host Salem State University at 4:00 p.m. at Arold Field and the Bears travel to Roger Williams University for a 7:00 p.m. match-up.
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