Sullivan, Vonachen, Tingley lead Panthers to LEC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) and Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) and junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) combined for 10 goals and seven assists Wednesday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated the University of Southern Maine, 13-7, in Little East Conference women's lacrosse action at Arold Field.
Plymouth State stopped a three-game losing skid and improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the Little East, while the Huskies slide to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Sullivan tallied a game-high five goals for the Panthers, while Tingley scored one goal and tallied a game-high four assists, and Vonachen collected a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) added a pair for the Panthers, and freshman Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) scored once.
Junior Heather Everett (Waterboro, Maine) scored three times while collecting nine ground balls and nine caused turnovers to lead the visitors, while freshman Hannah LaSalle (Humarock, Mass.) contributed one goal and an assist along with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Senior Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.), the team's leading scorer with 40 goals on the season, was limited to just two goals against the Panthers.
The Panthers scored three goals in the first five minutes to grab an early lead before Everett put the Huskies on the board six minutes in. PSU stretched its lead to 5-1 before the Huskies came alive with three straight goals, cutting the deficit to one goal, and the home team scored with the player advantage to own a 6-4 lead at the intermission.
PSU's Guerriero and USM's Pelligrinelli traded goals in the opening minutes of the second half to keep it a two-goal game. The Panthers scored three unanswered goals midway through the half to take a10-5 lead, keyed by consecutive goals by Sullivan while her team was down a player due to a yellow card.
The Huskies kept coming as Everett and Pelligrinelli answered the consecutive goals in an eight-second span with 16 minutes remaining, but the PSU defense tightened and kept USM off the board the rest of the way and the Vonachen and Sullivan tacked on three more goals.
Junior goalie Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) made 16 saves on 23 shots in the Panther goal to earn the win (8-4). Senior Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) made 12 saves on 25 shots in the Husky goal.
Both teams wrap up the regular season on Saturday with Little East match-ups as Plymouth State visits Western Connecticut State University and Southern Maine hosts Rhode Island College.
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