Panthers' seniors combine for 12 goals, six assists in win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team sent its senior class out in style, cruising to a 19-3 win over Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest on Senior Day at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School on Saturday morning.
In a rematch of the last two LEC Tournament championship games, PSU's senior class did the heavy lifting combining to score 12 goals and hand out six assists. The Panthers were never challenged as the hosts raced out to a 7-0 lead and held an 11-3 advantage at the half. Plymouth State kept the Warriors off the scoreboard in the second half, adding eight more goals to the final line to earn the win.
Prior to the game Plymouth State recognized the eight Panther seniors playing in their final regular season home game; Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.), Julia Rankin (Haverhill, Mass.), Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.), Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.), Laura Harrington (Northborough, Mass.), Emily Sauls (North Andover, Mass.), Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) and Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.).
Plymouth State improves to 7-5 and remains perfect in the LEC (5-0), while Eastern Connecticut drops to 3-12 and 2-3 in league play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 19, Eastern Connecticut 3
Plymouth State (7-5, 5-0 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (3-12, 2-3 LEC)
How it Happened:
* PSU wasted little time as sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) and Zuccaro tallied goals 30 seconds apart in the opening minute.
* Junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.), Thompson, Daniels and Fiore all added goals over the next nine minutes as the lead grew to 6-0 after less than ten minutes of play.
* Daniels added her second of the day before Eastern Connecticut senior Michelina Pinto (Groton, Conn.) put the visitors on the board midway through the half.
* Daniels answered a minute later, but Pinto picked up her 25th marker of the season and sophomore Olivia Donahue (Avon, Conn.) cut the deficit to 8-3 with 3:30 left in the half.
* Zuccaro buried a free position shot and Thompson added a pair of goals ten seconds apart as the Panthers took an 11-3 lead into the break.
* Zuccaro opened the second half with a free position goal before Dubois scored three straight times to extend the lead to 15-3.
* Junior Lissa Perry (Salem, N.H.) sandwiched a pair of goals around Daniels' fourth of the day and Zuccaro capped the scoring with her fourth with 5:14 to play.
Inside the Numbers:
* Daniels added a pair of assists to her four goals for a six-point game, while Dubois and Zuccaro each finished with four goals and an assist.
* Thompson added her third hat trick of the year and Fiore finished with a goal and two assists.
* Pinto had a pair of goals for the Warriors, while sophomore Sydney Hogan (Northford, Conn.) handed out two assists.
* Zuccaro led all players with six ground balls and added three caused turnovers, while Daniels forced four ECSU miscues. Dubois was solid all around, adding five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers, as McLaughlin led all players with five draw controls.
* Wargo made two stops in the first half to improve to 2-1, while sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) did not face a shot on goals over the final 30 minutes.
* Senior Jessica Purick (Riverhead, N.Y.) took the loss for the Warriors. Despite a 13-save effort, she fell to 1-12 on the year.
* PSU held a 38-10 advantage in shots, 16-8 lead in draw controls and scooped up 27 ground balls to the Warriors' 13.
* Plymouth State extends its in-conference winning streak to 11 straight games. Including the postseason, the Panthers have won 20-of-22 games against LEC opponents.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We had great contributions by our seniors today," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman. "It was a solid conference win overall, with efficient offense and stingy defense."
* Plymouth State heads to in-state rival Keene State on Tuesday (Apr. 23) for a 6:00 p.m. LEC contest.
* Eastern Connecticut is also in action on Tuesday (Apr. 23), visiting Rhode Island College for a 6:30 p.m. league game.
|Plymouth State seniors with their families|
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