Panthers hold high-powered Sea Gulls to just four second half goals
SALISBURY, Md. – Seniors Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) and Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) and junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) all scored goals, but Plymouth State University fell to a nationally-ranked opponent for the second straight game as #5 Salisbury University topped the Panthers by an 18-3 score in a non-conference women's lacrosse game Friday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.
The Sea Gulls, national semifinalists a year ago, jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the first ten minutes of action. Zuccaro cut the deficit to 6-1 with her second goal of the year, but Salisbury closed the half on an 8-1 run to take a 14-2 lead into the break.
The Panthers limited Salisbury's high-flying offense to just four goals over the second half but were unable to sustain consistent offense, falling to the national powerhouse 18-3.
Plymouth State drops to 0-3, while the Sea Hawks improve to 6-1.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 3, #5 Salisbury 18
Plymouth State (0-3)
#5 Salisbury (6-1)
How it Happened:
* Salisbury jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Zuccaro's tally with 17:37 left in the first half.
* The Sea Hawks pushed the lead to 11-1, but Dubois notched her team-leading fifth goal of the year with just under ten minutes to go.
* Salisbury scored twice in the second half before Daniels found the back of the net with 16:45 remaining, and the hosts tacked on two more goals to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
* Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) made five saves over the first 30 minutes, falling to 0-3.
* Senior Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) made five stops in the second half, as the pair split the goaltending duties for the second straight game.
* PSU won five-of-six draw controls in the second half, but the Sea Gulls owned a decisive 23-5 advantage in ground balls.
* Zuccaro led the Panthers with six draw controls, while Dubois added four. Zuccaro also paced the team with two caused turnovers.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Again the team battled," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman. "We competed and never stopped trying to get back in the game, but Salisbury was just too strong."
* The Panthers head to Salem State on Tuesday (Mar. 19) for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference tilt.
* Salisbury travels to Glassboro, N.J. to take on Cortland State in a neutral site game on Wednesday (Mar. 20).
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