Vonachen, Tingley lead Panthers to quarterfinal victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) tallied four points apiece Tuesday afternoon as fourth-seeded Plymouth State University defeated fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 12-8, in a quarterfinal game of the Little East Conference women's lacrosse tournament at Arold Field.
The Panthers, 10-6 overall, advance to a semifinal contest Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University. The Corsairs, which lost to PSU 17-10 during the regular season, complete their season with an 8-8 overall record.
Vonachen tallied three goals and an assist while Tingley contributed two goals and two assists. Sophomore Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) and freshman Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) added two goals apiece. Zuccaro picked up a team-high five ground balls and Vonachen grabbed a team-high four draw controls.
The Corsairs had a balanced offensive attack, as junior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and sophomore Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) tallied two goals and an assist each and sophomore Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) contributed two goals. Senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.), the LEC's leading scorer, was limited to just one goal on the day.
Both goalies had strong efforts, and PSU junior Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) made 16 saves on 24 shots and UMD freshman Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) made 14 saves on 26 shots.
PSU scored the first half dozen goals of the game, by six different players, taking a 3-0 lead just seven minutes in and a 6-0 advantage with eight minutes remaining in the first half. Kish put the Corsairs on the board with 4:29 on the clock before Vonachen answered for the Panthers a little more than a minute later to restore the six-goal margin. Douty and Longo potted the final two goals of the half to cut the PSU lead to 7-3 at the break.
The visitors tallied three of the first four goals of the second half to make it a two-goal game (8-6) before Sullivan got one back for PSU. The teams then went 10 minutes without a goal before Douty broke the drought with 11:15 on the clock to pull UMD back to within two at 9-7.
PSU sealed the win with the next three goals, one each by Vonachen, Tingley and Zuccaro before Kish rounded out the scoring for UMD with a minute to play.
Thursday's semifinal game for PSU at Eastern Connecticut is a rematch of the Apr. 23 regular-season meeting between the two schools, when the Warriors scored two goals in the final three minutes of the game to pull out a 9-8 victory over the Panthers in Mansfield, Conn.
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