Dubois, Fiore each record hat tricks in non-conference win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) and Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) each scored three goals to lead Plymouth State University to an 11-9 win over Bridgewater State University in non-conference women's lacrosse action at a snowy Arold Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Plymouth State has won four straight games to improve to 7-3 on the year, while the Bears have lost three in a row to drop to 7-5.
PSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the game's first ten minutes. Dubois opened the scoring five minutes in after collecting a feed from senior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) and 90 seconds later junior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) doubled the Panthers' lead with a player-up, free position goal.
Fiore scored with Sullivan recording another assist as Plymouth extended its lead to 3-0 less than eight minutes into the game, then senior Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) scored a free position goal two minutes later forcing a Bears' timeout.
Junior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) made it 5-0 with her first goal of the game with 19:53 left in the half, but Bridgewater State stormed back over the next fifteen minutes.
Junior Elizabeth Ettridge (Marshfield, Mass.) started the comeback with the first of her two goals, and freshman Emily Hiller (Marion, Mass.) scored twice in a 90 second span, including one from a free position shot, to pull the Bears to within 5-3. Freshman Lacey Dinning (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scored her ninth goal of the year just 22 seconds later to cut the deficit to a single goal.
Sophomore Victoria McDonough completed the comeback when she found the back of the cage for her 30th goal of the season with 5:04 remaining in the half.
Fiore gave the Panthers a 6-5 lead at the intermission when she tallied her second of the game with 3:49 to play.
Bridgewater came out aggressive to start the second half as a steady snow began to fall. Hiller completed the hat trick with a goal in the opening minute to even the score at six-apiece and McDonough put the visitors up with her second of the game seven minutes later. Hiller tallied her game-high fourth goal minutes later as the Bears took an 8-6 lead.
Fiore finished off her hat trick with 18:18 left in the game to cut the deficit to a single goal and give PSU some momentum. Plymouth went on to score four more unanswered goals to go back in front, 11-8.
Zuccaro notched her second of the contest to tie the game with a player-up, free position goal and fifteen seconds later Dubois put Plymouth State back in front, finishing off a great feed from senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.). Dubois added her third a minute later and Daniels scored, falling to her knees, to make it 11-8 with nine minutes to play.
Ettridge found the back of the net with 3:45 remaining to cut the Bears' margin to 11-9, but that would be the game's final tally.
Dubois finished with three goals and an assist, with Fiore adding three goals. Zuccaro had a three-point game with two goals and an assist and Daniels also scored twice for PSU. Zuccaro added five ground balls.
Senior Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) made 12 saves and grabbed seven ground balls in goal to earn the win and move to 6-3 on the season. Tingley's assist extended her points streak to 56 consecutive games.
Hiller led all players with four goals, with McDonough adding two goals, one assist and seven draw controls. Ettridge chipped in with two goals and four draw controls. Sophomore Hayley Barner (Westwood, Mass.) was solid in the cage, making 13 saves, including many from point-blank range, in the losing effort. She falls to 7-5.
The Panthers outshot Bridgewater State by a 36-28 margin and held a 33-25 advantage in ground balls. BSU won 14-of-22 draw controls.
The Panthers are back in action on Thursday when they host Salem State University for a non-conference game at Arold Field. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. The Bears are off until Saturday (Apr. 14) when they host Worcester State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game at noon.
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