Dubois' five goals lead Panthers to sixth straight title game
LACONIA, N.H. – Junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H. ) scored five goals and top-seeded Plymouth State University used a 5-0 run to start the second half on the way to a 15-5 win over fourth-seeded Keene State College in the semifinal round of the Little East Conference (LEC) women's lacrosse tournament at Jim Fitzgerald Field at Laconia High School on Saturday.
Plymouth State advances to its sixth straight Little East Championship and will face the winner of second-seeded University of Southern Maine and third-seeded Western Connecticut State University on Sunday (May 5) at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field.
PSU held a slight 5-3 advantage after a low-scoring first half, but scored five times in the first eight minutes of the second half to seize control. The Owls rallied with a pair of goals to cut the margin to 10-5, but Plymouth added another 5-0 burst to close out the game.
The Panthers improve to 10-5 on the year and will play for their eighth overall and third straight conference title tomorrow. Keene State's season comes to an end with an 8-8 mark.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 15, Keene State 5
Plymouth State (10-5)
Keene State (8-8)
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State drew first blood when senior Sam Fiore (Merrimac, Mass.) found the back of the cage 3:05 into action.
* Keene came back to tie the game on a goal from senior Chelsea Lewis (Londonderry, N.H.) just over a minute later, but PSU went right back in front with goals from junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) and senior Kimberly Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.).
* The Owls pulled back within one when sophomore Marina Pappalardo (Gorham, Maine) one-timed a pass from behind the net by junior Tess Masci (Hopkinton, N.H.) with 19:40 remaining in the half.
* Fiore notched her second of the day with 12:36 left, but Lewis countered for KSC two minutes later.
* Dubois made it a 5-3 game with a free position goal with five minutes left in the half and the score would stand until intermission.
* PSU opened the second half with a 5-0 run to take control. Dubois fired a low shot into the bottom far side corner to make it 6-3 and freshman Devon Mello (Laconia, N.H.) notched her first collegiate goal on a free position shot 36 seconds later.
* Senior Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.) and Mello both scored free position goals as the lead grew to 9-3, and sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) picked up a rebound and scored to make it 10-3 after 7:45.
* Lewis and sophomore Marina Pappalardo (Gorham, Maine) scored two straight for the Owls, but Dubois scored on a free position attempt to make it 11-5 with 10:02 left to play.
* Daniels added a pair of free position tallies over the final five minutes to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
* Dubois finished with five goals, six draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers, while Daniels and Fiore each added three goals.
* Mello chipped in with her first two career goals and Thompson had two assists.
* McLaughlin was one of four Panthers to scoop up four ground balls and added five draw controls and a team-high three caused turnovers. Seniors Laura Harrington (Northborough Mass.) and Emily Sauls (North Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Meaghan Allard (Amherst, N.H.) also grabbed four ground balls.
* Lewis paced the Owls with three goals, while Pappalardo chipped in two goals and an assist. Masci handed out two assists and led the Owls with four ground balls.
* Freshman Brigid Casey (Mont Vernon, N.H.) led Keene with five draw controls, while sophomore Megan Gorham (Marshfield, Mass.) had a game-high four caused turnovers.
* Allard made eight saves to earn the win for the Panthers and improve to 7-4. Sophomore Joanna Steinhauer (Middletown, R.I.) made nine saves for the Owls but fell to 5-6.
* PSU won the ground ball battle, 28-21, and finished 7-of-15 on free position shots, while the Owls were scoreless in seven attempts.
* PSU advances to the championship game for the sixth straight year.
* PSU will host the winner of second seeded University of Southern Maine and third seeded Western Connecticut State University in the LEC title game Sunday (May 5) at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field.
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