Sullivan, Tingley notch three goals apiece in setback
NORTON, Mass. – Seniors Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) and Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) each scored three times but the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team fell to Wheaton College, 12-8, in a non-conference game under the lights at Diane C. Nordin Field on Wednesday night.
With the setback the Panthers drop to 3-3, while Wheaton improves to 4-4 on the season.
Freshman Maggie Dymes (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) scored the first of her four goals just over three minutes into the game to give the hosts an early lead, but Tingley answered three minutes later to tie the game at one.
The Lyons ran off four straight goals, two apiece from sophomore Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine) and junior Maddy Lahm (Lyme, Conn.), over the next 14 minutes to pull away, 5-1. Junior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) scored with four minutes to play to cut the margin to 5-2, but Wheaton got a goal in the final 30 seconds to take a 6-2 advantage into halftime.
The Panthers scored three times in the first six minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to just a goal, 6-5, with Sullivan scoring twice and sophomore Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) adding her sixth of the year, but the hosts answered with five goals over a ten minute stretch to take control.
Tingley's second of the game made it 11-6 with just under seven minutes left, but Schwartzman got the goal back five minutes later. Tingley and Sullivan both scored in the final minute to account for the 12-8 final score.
Tingley and Sullivan are locked in a battle for the team-lead in goals scored, as Tingley's 19 are just ahead of Sullivan's 18. Tingley added two assists for a team-best 11 on the season.
Sophomore Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) led the Panthers with four draw controls and five caused turnovers while adding three ground balls, and Zuccaro scooped up a team-best five ground balls.
Senior Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) took the loss in goal for PSU to drop to 2-3 on the season after allowing six goals in the first half. Junior Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) made three saves in the second half.
Schwartzman led the Lyons with four goals, while Lahm and Dymes added three apiece. Senior Molly Witten (Bethesda, Md.) made eight saves over the first 35:47 to earn the win and improve to 3-2. Freshman Jena Casman (Woodbridge, Conn.) logged the final 24:13 in net.
The Panthers begin Little East Conference (LEC) play on Saturday (Mar. 31). PSU will host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at the Holderness School Turf Field at 3:00 p.m.
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