Sullivan's five goals leads the way
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) notched a team-high five goals to lead Plymouth State University past the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 17-11, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at Jack Barry Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the win the Panthers improve to 1-1 on the year, while MIT drops to 1-1 with the setback.
PSU outscored the Engineers by a 7-2 margin through the middle of the first half to turn a 2-1 deficit into an 8-4 advantage and the Panthers never looked back. MIT was able to cut the Plymouth lead to just two goals on two separate occasions, but could not get any closer.
Senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) opened the scoring for PSU 1:25 into the game, but MIT tied the game just 17 seconds later, then went ahead 2-1 following a free position shot by senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.).
The Panthers responded with a goal from sophomore Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.), her first of the year, to spark the 7-2 surge that covered more than 17 minutes. Junior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead, but Notarangelo cashed in on another free position shot to even the game with 12:34 left in the half. Sullivan scored her first 2:26 later, and senior Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) added her second of the year to give PSU a two-goal lead. MIT got an unassisted goal from senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.), but the Panthers responded with three straight goals, including a pair from Tingley.
Notarangelo and Young cashed in to pull the Engineers to within 8-6 with 1:45 left in the half, but Sullivan answered with 12 seconds left to give the Panthers a 9-6 halftime advantage.
Notarangelo scored again for MIT early in the second half, but junior Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) answered for PSU to spark a 4-1 burst. Sullivan added her third of the day and sophomore Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) scored the last two to give PSU some breathing room, 13-8, with 17:22 to go.
Young recorded her fourth of the game with just over nine minutes to play, cutting the Panther advantage to 14-10, but Sullivan and Dubois teamed up to score three straight for PSU to put the game out of reach. Notarangelo added her sixth goal with 3:17 remaining to account for the 17-11 final score.
Sullivan finished with five goals and three groundballs for PSU, with Dubois chipping in with four goals, four groundballs and four caused turnovers and Tingley adding three goals, two assists and seven draw controls.
Notarangelo led all scorers with six goals, with Young chipping in with four goals, two assists and 10 draw controls for the Engineers.
Senior Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) posted seven saves and three caused turnovers while earning the win in net for PSU to improve to 1-1. Her counterpart, freshman Hannah Adams (Springfield, Va.) finished with 11 saves and two groundballs while falling to 1-1.
MIT held a slight 15-14 advantage in draw controls and finished 5-of-7 in free position shots, but PSU held a 30-22 edge in shots and a 22-17 advantage in groundballs. Plymouth State was 16-of-19 in clear attempts, while the Engineers were 12-of-20.
The Panthers are off for more than two weeks before returning to action at Bowdoin College on Sunday, Mar. 18. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. MIT will host Roger Williams University on Wednesday (Mar. 7) for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.
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