Tingley, Lunetta strong for Panthers in LEC setback
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Junior Paige Schneider scored back-to-back unassisted goals in the final three minutes of the game Saturday afternoon as Eastern Connecticut State University pulled out a 9-8 victory over Plymouth State University in a key Little East Conference women's lacrosse game at the Mansfield Complex.
PSU rallied from a 4-1 halftime deficit to tie the game, and the Panthers took leads of 7-6 with 12 minutes remaining and 8-7 with 7:31 to play. But Schneider scored with 2:41 on the clock and added the eventual game-winner with 2:09 to play. PSU got three shots off in the final minute but Eastern held on for the one-goal win.
Eastern improves to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in the LEC, while PSU drops to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Sophomore Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) led the Panther offense with three goals and two assists. Junior Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored two goals, and junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist each. Junior Megan Lunetta (Plymouth, Mass.) led the defensive effort with a team-high five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Michaela Pinto led the Warriors with four goals, while Schneider finished with three goals and an assist and Maggie Bodington chipped in with two goals. Pinto and Devyne Doran grabbed five draw controls each to help Eastern to a 13-6 advantage on draws.
PSU junior goalie Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) posted a season-high 18 saves in goal, her fourth double-digit save performance of the season. Taylor Emmerson made eight stops in the Eastern goal.
Plymouth State plays its final regular season home game Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Arold Field against conference foe the University of Southern Maine. Eastern plays an LEC game Tuesday at Rhode Island College.
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