Tingley tallies five goals to lead Panthers
HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) notched five goals for Plymouth State University, four of which came in the first half, to lead the Panthers to a 17-10 victory over the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in the Little East Conference (LEC) opener for both teams at the Holderness Turf Field on Saturday afternoon.
Plymouth State improves to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while UMass Dartmouth falls to 5-3 and 0-1 in the Little East.
The Panthers got the scoring going early when Tingley took possession of the opening draw, streaked down the field and split two defenders in front of the net, beating junior Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) to the top right corner. UMass Dartmouth evened the score a minute later when freshman Mackenzie Smith (New Bedford, Mass.) picked up a loose ball on a free position shot and stuffed the ball past senior goalie Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) on the back post.
Both teams would exchange goals over the next five minutes before Plymouth State scored six in a row to finish the first half with a 9-3 lead. Senior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) would finish the first half with a hat-trick of her own. The Panthers outshot the Corsairs 22-13 over the first 30 minutes of play.
UMass Dartmouth tried to close the gap in the first four minutes of the second half when senior midfielder Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) scored two goals in just over two minutes to cut the deficit down to five, 10-5. Sullivan stopped the Corsairs' momentum with an unassisted goal with 23:30 remaining.
Sophomore Lissa Perry (Salem, N.H.) tallied the first of her two goals of the season with 11:40 remaining in the second half to knock Burchill out of the game. Sophomore Bridget Harrington (Northampton, Mass.) came on in relief, finishing with two saves on five shots.
Plymouth State would capitalize on three of its five free position shots in the game, the last coming from junior midfielder Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.), who would notch her third goal of the game with 10:31 remaining. Six different Panthers found the back of the net in the conference opener as PSU outshot the Corsairs 38-31.
Foote picked up the win in net for Plymouth State, improving her record to 3-3 and finishing with 24 saves, while Burchill falls to 5-3 on the season finishing with nine saves in 48:20 minutes of action.
Both teams were even in most of the stats throughout the game. UMass Dartmouth held a 17-12 advantage on draw controls, but Plymouth State outworked the Corsairs on ground balls 30-27.
Plymouth State returns to action on Wednesday (Apr. 4) at Castleton University for a non-conference tilt at 4:00 p.m.
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