Panthers to host play-off game on Tuesday
DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, Conn.) tallied a game-high five goals and an assist Saturday afternoon to lead Western Connecticut State University to a 13-12 victory over visiting Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference women's lacrosse regular-season finale at Westside Athletic Complex.
With the victory, Western moved to 6-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play, while Plymouth State dropped to 9-6 and 3-3. The two teams and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth all finished in a tie for third place in the Little East.
Western Conn. wins the tiebreaker and will be the third seed in the upcoming LEC Tournament, hosting sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine in a first-round game. Fourth-seeded PSU will host fifth-seeded UMass Dartmouth Tuesday at 4:30 at Arold Field in a quarterfinal contest.
Junior Destinee Carey (New Milford, Conn.) chipped in with four goals on Saturday, while sophomore Lindsey Eanniello (Danbury, Conn.) added a goal and dished out three helpers for the Colonials. Junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) paced the Panthers with four goals and two assists, while sophomore Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) added three goals.
The visitors jumped out to a 7-3 lead midway through the opening half. Vonachen capped the run when she netted her third goal of the game with 14:06 remaining. The Colonials rallied to cut the deficit to 9-8 when Eanniello connected with Carey just three seconds before the break.
Western evened the count at 9-9 less than 30 seconds into the second half when Kosilla dodged past a defender and tickled the twine. Plymouth responded with a four-goal outburst. Sullivan buried her third goal of the contest to extend the advantage to 12-9 with 27:32 left on the clock. The Panthers would be held scoreless the rest of the game as Western reeled off the final four goals en route to the win.
Carey took a feed from Kosilla and whipped a right-handed shot into the top corner, deadlocking the count at 12-12 with 17:03 left. Kosilla found the back of the net with 6:34 remaining when she cranked a bounce shot into the cage, good for the Colonials first lead and sealing the victory.
Plymouth had a chance to tie with 2:14 remaining but Sullivan's shot banged off the left post. Western junior Raquel Heitor (Danbury, CT) played smart down the stretch, electing to hold the ball rather than attempt a shot with less than a minute remaining as the hosts held on to outlast the visitors.
Colonial netminder Marisa Remley (New Fairfield, CT) improved to 3-1 overall, notching 10 saves, while Panther goalie Meg Brault (South Windsor, CT) turned aside 13 shots.
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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