Tingley's huge game leads Panthers to victory
Oneonta, N.Y. – Senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal on a free position shot with 2:38 to play to lead Plymouth State University past SUNY Oneonta, 11-10, in a back-and-forth, non-conference women's lacrosse game at Red Dragon Field on Saturday afternoon.
Tingley had a huge game for the Panthers, leading all players with six goals while adding an assist, six draw controls, four ground balls and four caused turnovers. With the win PSU improves to 3-2 while sweeping through its New York trip. The Panthers topped Hartwick College, 17-11, on Thursday. Oneonta falls to 3-3-1 with the loss.
The Panthers came out firing as junior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with her third goal of the year just 52 seconds into the contest. Senior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) scored twice in the next three minutes as PSU built a 3-0 lead.
Oneonta got on the board a minute later, but Tingley score back-to-back goals for Plymouth to extend the lead to 5-1. Tingley's third goal made it 6-2 and Sullivan added her third with 8:53 left in the first half for a 7-3 advantage. The Red Dragons rallied with the final three goals of the half to pull within 7-6 at the intermission.
Freshman Sophia Calabrese (Bethlehem, N.Y.) tied the game 1:09 into the second half and senior Taylor Casey (Garden City South, N.Y.) added her second of the game to push Oneonta into the lead after 5:25. Tingley scored with just over 20 minutes to play to even the score at eight-apiece, but Calabrese answered for the Red Dragons two minutes later.
Sullivan's fourth goal tied the game at 9-9 with just under 13 minutes to play, but sophomore Kelly Clarke (East Meadow, N.Y.) put the host back in front with 10:04 remaining. Tingley tied the game 14 seconds later, then added the game-winner with 2:38 to play. Oneonta wasn't able to take another shot as the Panthers held on for the win.
Sullivan finished with four goals and three ground balls, while senior Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) led the team with five ground balls. Zuccaro added four draw controls and three ground balls. Senior Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) made 15 saves to earn the win and improve to 2-2 on the year.
Casey and Calabrese each finished with two goals for the Red Dragons. Sophomore Lexi Keen (Clifton Park, N.Y.) made 16 stops to fall to 1-3-1.
The two teams were neck and neck in nearly every statistical category. Plymouth led 13-10 in draw controls and 22-21 in ground balls, while Oneonta committed two fewer turnovers (28-26) and held a 36-33 advantage in shots.
PSU travels to Wheaton College on Wednesday (Mar. 28) for a 7:00 p.m. contest before kicking off Little East Conference (LEC) play with its home opener at the Holderness School Turf Field on Saturday (Mar. 31) at 3:00 p.m.
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