Allard, Wargo combine for 11 saves in setback
LEWISTON, Maine – Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) and senior Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) combined to make 11 saves, but Plymouth State University was overpowered by #21 Bates College in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at Garcelon Field on Monday evening.
Bates stormed out of the gates, building a 7-0 lead through the game's first 20 minutes. Junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) found the back of the net for the Panthers, but the Bobcats scored in the final minute to take an 8-1 lead into halftime.
Bates scored early in the second half, then the teams went scoreless for a 10 minute period. Senior Laura Harrington (Northborough, Mass.) cut the deficit to 9-2, but the hosts put the game out of reach with six straight scores before senior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) capped the scoring.
Plymouth State falls to 0-2, while the Bobcats improve to 4-2.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 3, #21 Bates 15
Plymouth State (0-2)
#21 Bates (4-2)
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State held the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the first six minutes, but the Bates offense erupted for seven goals in a 14 minute span.
* Dubois notched her team-leading fourth goal of the year with 6:15 left in the half, but the hosts found the back of the net with a minute remaining to take an 8-1 lead into halftime.
* After the Bobcats made it 9-1 in the opening three minutes of the second half, both teams' defenses stepped up as neither team was able to score for more than ten minutes.
* Harrington cut the PSU deficit to 9-2 with an unassisted tally, her first of the year, with 16:42 left to play, but the Bobcats scored the next six goals to pull away.
* Daniels added a late goal for the Panthers to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
* Allard got the start in goal, making six saves over the first 30 minutes, while Wargo took over for the second half to make five stops. Allard drops to 0-2 on the year.
* Bates also split the goaltending duties. Sophomore Rachael Deptula (Durham, N.H.) picked up the win (1-0) after making three saves in the first half, while senior Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) turned aside four shots in the second half.
* Senior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) led the Panthers with five ground balls and five draw controls, and added one of Plymouth's five caused turnovers.
* Sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) chipped in with four draw controls and caused a turnover, while classmate Faye Brown (Londonderry, N.H.), senior Emily Sauls (North Andover, Mass.) and freshman Devon Mello (Laconia, N.H.) all forced Bobcats' miscues.
* Plymouth State owned an 11-8 advantage in draw controls.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"The team competed," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman, "but ultimately we needed better execution and making more of our possessions."
* Plymouth State faces a second nationally ranked opponent in as many games on Friday (Mar. 15), when the Panthers visit #5 Salisbury University for a 1:30 p.m. contest. The Seagulls advanced to the national semifinals last spring before falling to eventual national champion Gettysburg College.
* Bates faces Trinity College in NESCAC action on Saturday (Mar. 16).
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