Twelve different Panthers score in convincing win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Twelve different players scored goals as Plymouth State University cruised past Salem State University, 19-2, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at Arold Field on Thursday afternoon.
Plymouth State jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the first fifteen minutes, then coasted to a fifth-straight win to improve to 8-3. With the setback the Vikings drop to 1-9 on the season.
Senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) led all players with six points, while classmate Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) had a five-point game. Sophomore Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) posted a second-straight hat trick and five other Panthers recorded two goals.
PSU came out of the gates to grab a 4-0 lead in the first 2:34. Dubois scored her first just twelve seconds in, and Tingley added a goal 21 seconds later. Senior Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) both found the back of the net 20 seconds apart for the early lead.
Salem State got on the board with a tally from freshman Kirsten Bradley (Peabody, Mass.) after 6:42 of play, but PSU responded with the next seven goals. Juniors Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) and Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) both fired shots past the Vikings' goalie, and Sullivan notched her first goal of the game at the ten-minute mark to push the lead to 7-1.
Tingley scored a free position goal two minutes later, her team-leading 33rd goal of the season, and senior Caity O'Leary (Gloucester, Mass.) and sophomore Meg McAndrew (South Windsor, Conn.) added their first goals of the contest to go up 10-1. Senior Merissa Milano (North Reading, Mass.) made it a ten-goal lead with 14:46 to play in the half.
Sophomore Rose Sullivan (Charlestown, Mass.) broke up the streak of PSU scoring with her seventh goal of the season, but five more Plymouth goals gave the home team a 16-2 advantage at the half.
Plymouth State tacked on three more goals in the second half to secure the win.
Dubois finished with three goals and an assist, with Sullivan posting two goals and three helpers. Tingley added two goals and four assists. Milano finished with two goals and an assist, as Zuccaro and sophomore Lissa Perry (Salem, N.H.) both scored twice. Guerriero led PSU with five draw controls.
Senior Courtney Smith (Peabody, Mass.) led Salem State with five draw controls and freshman Adi Behrens (Melrose, Mass.) posted a team-high three ground balls.
The Panthers' offense has clicked during the five-game streak, outscoring the opposition by a 77-26 margin.
Freshman Gloria Gillen (East Bridgewater, Mass.) made six saves for the Vikings, but took the loss to drop to 0-1.
The Panthers travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (Apr. 14) for a rematch of last year's Little East Conference (LEC) championship game. Last spring PSU slipped past the Warriors, 13-12, to capture its sixth LEC Championship. Game time is set for noon.
Salem State is also in action Saturday, traveling to MCLA for a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference game at 1:00 p.m.
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