Panthers secure second straight unbeaten LEC regular season
CASTLETON, Vt. – Senior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) scored for goals and classmate Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) each notched three goals and an assist as Plymouth State University overcame an early deficit to top Castleton University, 13-11, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's lacrosse game at Dave Wolk Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With the win Plymouth State secures a second straight undefeated conference season. Including the postseason, the Panthers have won 17 straight LEC games, and 25 of its last 27.
Castleton held a 6-2 lead midway through the first half before an early PSU timeout. The Panthers closed the half with six straight goals to take an 8-6 lead into the second half. Castleton scored twice in the opening minute of the second half to tie the game, but Daniels, McLaughlin and Zuccaro each scored to restore the lead and PSU would hold on for the win.
PSU runs its record to 9-5 and a 7-0 in the LEC, while Castleton drops to 6-11 and 2-5 in league action.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 13, Castleton 11
Plymouth State (9-5, 7-0 LEC)
Castleton (6-11, 2-5 LEC)
How it Happened:
* Castleton got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 3-1 lead with the Panthers' goal coming from McLaughlin.
* Daniels made it a one-goal game with a free position goal in a player up situation, but the Spartans followed with three straight to take a 6-2 lead and force a PSU timeout.
* Plymouth State responded, rallying with six straight goals to close the half. Junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) got the streak started with an unassisted goal and Daniels' second of the day made it a two-goal game.
* McLaughlin scored a free position goal in another player-up situation and Zuccaro completed the comeback to knot the game at 6-6 with just under ten minutes left in the half.
* Senior Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) gave the Panthers their first lead with 8:28 remaining in the half and Zuccaro capped the run with a player-up goal.
* The Spartans opened the second half with back-to-back goals to tie the game at 8-8, but Daniels, McLaughlin and Zuccaro each scored in a span of three minutes as PSU went right back in front.
* The teams traded goals over the final 18 minutes, with Dubois and Zuccaro each scoring the PSU, to account for the 13-11 final.
Inside the Numbers:
* Zuccaro (four goals), McLaughlin (three goals, one assist) and Daniels (three goals, one assist) all had four-point games for the Panthers.
* Dubois added a pair of goals.
* Zuccaro led PSU with five draw controls and added three ground balls, while McLaughlin scooped a game-high five ground balls.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Today was a tough game, but it was nice to come away with the win," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman. "Castleton started strong, but our team had a nice response out of an early timeout."
* As the top seed for the LEC Tournament, the Panthers receive a first round bye and will host the Final Four at Arold Field. Semifinal games are slated for Friday (May 3), with the championship game on Saturday (May 4).
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