Fiore, Dubois lead Panthers in battle of unbeatens
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) and junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) combined for five goals and two assists to lead the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team to a 10-7 win over the University of Southern Maine in a battle between the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Little East Conference (LEC) at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School on Wednesday night.
Plymouth State takes over sole possession of the top spot in the LEC, improving to 4-0 in league play and 6-5 overall. The Huskies end the day with a 6-5 mark and drop to 3-1 in conference play.
USM took an early lead with a free position goal, but PSU scored the next five seize the lead. Southern Maine closed the first half with a 3-0 spurt as the Panthers held a 5-4 lead at the half. Dubois scored on a free position shot to open the second half scoring, but back-to-back goals by the Huskies knotted the game at 6-6 with 14:36 left to play.
Senior Kimberly Zuccaro (Templeton, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal to spark a 4-0 run for the hosts and the Panthers were able to hold on for the win.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 10, Southern Maine 7
Plymouth State (6-5, 4-0 LEC)
Southern Maine (6-5, 3-1 LEC)
How it Happened:
* Southern Maine took the lead with a free position goal by junior Megan Violette (Portland, Maine) 2:12 into the game, but PSU evened the score on a tally from senior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) just 57 seconds later.
* The Panthers pulled ahead when Fiore collected a feed from Dubois after 4:50 of action and the duo connected again 30 seconds later for a 3-1 lead.
* Zuccaro made it a 4-1 game after her free position goal with 23:47 remaining in the half and Fiore completed the hat trick 2:37 later after converting a pass from senior Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) for a 5-1 advantage.
* The Huskies closed the half with three straight goals, starting with a man-down free position tally from senior Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) with 19:00 left before halftime.
* Junior Allison Irish (Lyman, Maine) scored a man-up goal four minutes later and freshman Evelyn Hinkley (West Gardiner, Maine) made it a one-goal game at the half with just over two minutes left before the break.
* Dubois converted on a free position shot to push the PSU lead to 6-4, but Jordan and freshman Lindsey Keenan (Naples, Maine) scored consecutive goals for the Huskies to even the game.
* Zuccaro took control, giving Plymouth State the lead for good after a strong move with 9:16 remaining and 54 seconds later she hit a streaking Daniels with a pass from her knees and Daniels found the back of the cage for an 8-6 advantage.
* Dubois and Thompson both scored to push the lead to 10-6, but Irish pulled Southern Maine to within 10-7 with her unassisted tally with 3:24 to play.
* The Panthers held the visitors scoreless from there, however, to hold on for the key win.
Inside the Numbers:
* Fiore finished with a game-high of three goals and picked up three ground balls, while Dubois added two goals and two assists to go along with three draw controls.
* Zuccaro was all over the field, tallying a pair of goals and an assists while contributing game-highs of nine ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
* Daniels (two goals, one assist) and Thompson (one goal, one assist) also had multi-point games for PSU.
* Jordan led the Huskies with two goals and two assists and is second in the LEC with 40 goals and 21 assists on the year. Irish also scored twice for the visitors.
* Sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) improved to 5-4 on the year after making five saves for the Panthers, while her counterpart, senior Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) was outstanding after making 13 saves but suffering the loss to drop to 5-4.
* PSU outshot the Huskies by a 37-19 margin and held a 29-23 edge in ground balls.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"This was a tough, hard fought game from start to finish," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman. "Kimmie [Zuccaro] gave a tremendous effort tonight. I thought there were a couple key draw possessions and offensive plays in the second half that helped us separate on the scoreboard. Overall, it was a competitive conference match up."
* The Panthers welcome Eastern Connecticut State University to Arold Field on Saturday (Apr. 20) for a Senior Day contest at 11:00 a.m.
* Southern Maine hosts WestConn in a Little East contest Saturday (Apr. 20) at noon.
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