Daniels, Fiore combine for 10 goals, 3 assists in dominating LEC win
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) set another career-high, while junior Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) matched a career-best as Plymouth State University coasted past Rhode Island College, 20-1, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's lacrosse game at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.
PSU dominated from the opening draw scoring six times in the first 13 minutes. RIC notched its sole goal with 16:43 left in the opening half, but the Panthers closed the half with another 6-0 run to take a 12-1 advantage into halftime. Plymouth State tacked on eight second half goals, while limiting the Anchorwomen to just eight shots en route to the lopsided win.
Plymouth State, which has won four straight, moves to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the Little East. RIC falls to 3-5 and 0-2 in league play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 20, Rhode Island College 1
Plymouth State (4-3, 2-0 LEC)
Rhode Island College (3-5, 0-2 LEC)
How it Happened:
* Fiore opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game with an unassisted tally.
* PSU extended the lead to 6-0 with five free position goals in a seven minute span. Daniels scored twice during the spurt, with Fiore and seniors Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) and Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) all scoring once.
* The Anchorwomen picked up their only goal with 16:43 left in the half, but PSU answered with another 6-0 run to put the game well out of reach.
* Zuccaro buried a feed from Daniels to make it 7-1, then the two switched roles as Daniels scored her third of the game five minutes later.
* Sophomore Sarah Elkins (Windsor, Conn.) got into the action with her first career tally, before Thompson notched her second to make it 10-1 with eight minutes left in the half.
* Daniels picked up her fourth of the game just over two minutes later and freshman Hannah Chartier (Weare, N.H.) made it 12-1 with a free position goal with four minute to go.
* PSU added eight second half scores to cap the blowout. Fiore and Daniels both scored in the opening five minutes, before sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) made it 15-1 less than ten minutes into the second half.
* Elkins scored her second of the game midway through the stanza and Thompson capped her hat trick with 11:30 to play.
* McLaughlin made it 19-1 with a free position goal with five minutes remaining and Fiore matched her career-high in the final 90 seconds to cap off the dominating performance.
Inside the Numbers:
* Daniels set new personal bests with six goals and eight points, while Fiore matched career bests with four goals and five points.
* Thompson's hat trick was the first of her career, while Elkins scored her first two collegiate goals.
* Zuccaro finished with five points (two goals, three assists), while McLaughlin (two goals, one assist) and Chartier (one goal, one assist) also had multi-point games for the Panthers.
* Zuccaro added game-highs of six ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers, while senior Emily Sauls (North Andover, Mass.) added four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
* McLaughlin and junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) each scooped up three ground balls.
* Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) made three saves on four shots in the first half to improve to 4-3, while senior Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) stopped all three shots on goal over the final 30 minutes.
* PSU peppered RIC senior Julia Eaton (Cumberland, R.I.) with 33 shots on goal. She made 13 saves, but fell to 3-5.
* Plymouth State outshot the Anchorwomen by a 36-8 margin, won 16-of-23 draw controls and held a 22-14 edge in the turnover battle. PSU also scored on 8-of-13 free position shots while holding RIC scoreless in two attempts.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We had contributions from everyone today," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman, "leading to another nice conference win. It was a very balanced effort across the board."
* Plymouth State heads north to Brunswick, Maine to face #14 Bowdoin for a non-conference tilt Sunday (Apr. 7) at 12:00 p.m. It will be the Panthers' third meeting with a nationally-ranked opponent of the season.
* RIC plays host to Elms College in non-conference action on Wednesday (Apr. 10) at 6:30 p.m.
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