Tingley, Sullivan combine for 10 points as Panthers roll
CASTLETON, Vt. – Seniors Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) and Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) combined for seven goals and three assists as Plymouth State University rolled past Castleton University, 14-4, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
With the win the Panthers improve to 5-3 while Castleton dips to 4-6. PSU has won 21 of 22 meetings between the two teams.
Senior Hannah Braman (Chelsea, Vt.) put the home team up early with her 17th goal of the year, but Tingley took control from there. The Panthers' leading scorer found the back of the cage twice in a three minute span, then set up sophomore Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) three minutes later to give PSU a 3-1 lead.
Braman cut the deficit back to one, 3-2, with a player-up goal with just under 11 minutes remaining in the opening half, but Plymouth State countered with the next four goals to take a 7-2 lead into the halftime break. Tingley and senior Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) both scored on free position shots, then Tingley added her fourth of the game and 28th of the season to make it 6-2. Sullivan closed the half with her first of the game with just eight seconds left on the clock.
Plymouth put the game out of reach in the first five minutes of the second half. Tingley set up Fiore for her ninth tally of the year, then Sullivan struck again. Junior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) capped the scoring run with her fifth goal of the season to make it 10-2.
The Spartans fought back with two quick goals to pull within 10-4, but PSU used another four-goal run to wrap up the win. Sullivan picked up the hat trick with her 25th of the year with 17:51 to play and Guerriero added her second of the game just under two minutes later. Junior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) and senior Merissa Milano (North Reading, Mass.) recorded the final two goals to cap the scoring.
Senior Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) earned the win to improve to 4-3 for the Panthers, making five saves over the first 50:47, before giving way to junior Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) who stopped the only shot she faced.
Junior Samantha Hebb (Ashland, Mass.) suffered the loss for Castleton, dropping to 4-6 on the season after making seven saves.
Tingley finished with four goals and two assists, while Sullivan added three goals and an assist while leading the team with seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Fiore and Guerriero both scored twice and Zuccaro added a goal and a team-high four draw controls. Junior Emily Sauls (North Andover, Mass.) scooped up four ground balls.
Plymouth outshot the Spartans by a 34-13 margin and held a 30-17 advantage in ground balls. The Panthers were successful on 17-of-23 clear attempts, including 10-of-12 in the first half.
Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference (LEC) competition on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Rhode Island College.
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