PSU Women’s Lacrosse cruises past Salem State

PSU Women’s Lacrosse cruises past Salem State

Daniels nets career-high five goals; Panthers post first shutout in 17 years

            SALEM, Mass. – Senior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) scored five times and junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) also had five points as Plymouth State University rolled over Salem State University, 16-0, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at Alumni Field on Tuesday afternoon.

            PSU dominated in all facets from the onset, taking a lead in the opening three minutes. Daniels scored four straight goals to make it a 6-0 game after 13:32 of action. The Panthers held a 12-0 lead at the end of the first half and coasted to the win while allowing just three Vikings' shots. The shutout was the Panthers' first since the 2002 season.

            Plymouth State picks up its first win of the season to improve to 1-3, while Salem State drops to 1-3.


            The Final Score:

            Plymouth State 16, Salem State 0



            Plymouth State (1-3)

            Salem State (1-3)


            How it Happened:

            * Junior Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 2:37 into the first half and senior Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) made it 2-0 just under four minutes later.

            * Daniels took over from there, scoring back-to-back unassisted goals before finding the back of the net on a free position shot. She capped off the personal 4-0 run after beating the Salem goalie off a pass from Thompson to make it 6-0 midway through the half.

            * Dubois notched three straight points, scoring twice and assisting on sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin's (Melvin Village, N.H.) tally with just over ten minutes remaining, before senior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) scored twice to make it 11-0.

            * Freshman Hannah Chartier (Weare, N.H.) made it 12-0 with a free position goal with 3:36 remaining.

            * Daniels picked up her fifth goal of the game to start the second half and Fiore completed her hat trick with two more.

            * Zuccaro wrapped up the scoring with her third of the game with 8:52 to play as the Panthers coasted to the win.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Daniels' previous high was three goals, accomplished three times last year and once in the 2017 season.

            * Dubois also finished with five points on two goals and three assists, while Zuccaro and Fiore each added hat tricks. Zuccaro added team-highs of five ground balls and five caused turnovers, while Dubois had a game-high six draw controls.

            * Thompson (one goal, three assists) had a career-high four points.

            * McLaughlin totaled a goal and assist, four ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers.

            * Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) picked up her first win in the green-and-white to improve to 1-3 while making two saves.

            * Senior Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) played the final 30 minutes between the pipes, but the Vikings' lone shot of the second half wasn't on goal.

            * The Panthers won 14 of 18 draw controls and outshot Salem State by a 33-3 margin.

            * PSU also won the ground ball battle (22-10) and was an impressive 32-of-35 in clear attempts.

            * The Panthers' last shutout came on April 20, 2002 – also a 16-0 win – against Rhode Island College.


            Straight From the Coach's Mouth:

            "The team played really well today, dominating in every phase of the game," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman. "It feels good to get the first win of the year with everyone contributing."


            Up Next:

            * Plymouth State kicks off Little East Conference action a week from Saturday (Mar. 30) at WestConn. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m.

            * The Vikings visit Lasell College on Thursday (Mar. 21) for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference tilt.





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