Zuccaro leads Panthers to LEC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) scored a game-high four goals and added four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead Plymouth State University to a 17-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's lacrosse game at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School on Saturday morning.
Plymouth State stops its two-game skid to even its record at 5-5 and remain unbeaten in the LEC (3-0). The Panthers have won nine straight LEC regular season contests and 14 of its last 15. The Corsairs drop their third straight to fall to 4-8 and 0-3 in league play.
UMass Dartmouth struck first on a free position goal just over three minutes into the game, but PSU responded with 17 unanswered goals to run away with a win in the team's home opener.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 17, UMass Dartmouth 1
Plymouth State (5-5, 3-0 LEC)
UMass Dartmouth (4-8, 0-3 LEC)
How it Happened:
* It was the visitors that drew first blood as junior Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) scored her 36th goal of the year on a free position shot just over three minutes in.
* Zuccaro picked up her first of the game and Fiore made it 4-1 just 13 seconds later, before Dubois made good on a free position attempt.
* Senior Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) notched the first of her three goals midway through the half, and senior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) scored a pair of goals a minute apart as PSU pushed the lead to 8-1.
* Zuccaro added a free position goal with 10:12 left in the half, before freshman Hannah Chartier (Weare, N.H.) got into the action with a man-down goal four minutes later.
* Dubois and Thompson closed the first half scoring to give the hosts a 12-1 lead heading into the break.
* The Panthers' offense eased off in the second half. Sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) scored in the opening minute and Zuccaro tallied her third and fourth goals of the game.
* Junior Lissa Perry (Salem, N.H.) notched her first of the season with 11 minutes remaining and Thompson completed the hat trick to close the scoring two minutes later.
Inside the Numbers:
* Thompson finished with three goals and an assists and Dubois also recorded a hat trick.
* Fiore and Daniels each scored twice and added an assist, while Perry recorded her first multi-point game of the year with a goal and two assists.
* Senior Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) picked up her first win of the year (1-1) after making three saves. Her counterpart, senior Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) was peppered with 28 shots, finishing with 11 saves to drop to 3-6.
* Plymouth State owned a 29-14 advantage in ground balls and outshot the Corsairs by a 36-8 margin.
* PSU finished 19-of-20 in clear attempts.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"After giving up that first goal we just needed to stay the course," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman. "After that it came together. We really focused in on what we wanted to do defensively and in other areas of the game. Our focus has been keep improving, keep getting better, and I feel like that's what we're doing."
* PSU hosts the University of Southern Maine in another league game on Wednesday (Apr. 17) at the New Hampton School at 7:00 p.m.
* The Corsairs are also in conference play on Wednesday (Apr. 19) as they host Rhode Island College at 7:00 p.m.
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