Dubois, McLaughlin lead Panthers to second round
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Sydney Dubois (Goffstown, N.H.) and sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) each had four goals and an assist as Plymouth State University ran past New England College, 19-3, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship at Bello Field on the campus of Tufts University on Saturday afternoon.
Plymouth State advances to the second round for the second time in program history and will face #4 Tufts on Sunday (May 12) at 1:00 p.m.
The game stayed close for the first five minutes, as Dubois put the Panthers up 1-0 before the Pilgrims tied things a minute later. PSU took control from there, scoring 14-straight goals to build a commanding 15-1 halftime lead, then coasting to the win in the second half.
PSU wins its eighth straight game to improve to 12-5. The Panthers improve to 2-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, while the 19 goals scored are the most for Plymouth State in tournament history.
NEC (14-6) sees its seven-game winning streak come to an end.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 19, NEC 3
Plymouth State (12-5)
How it Happened:
* Dubois opened the scoring after 3:54 of play to put the Panthers up, but NEC answered just under a minute later.
* Dubois immediately put PSU back in front just 30 seconds later, sparking a 14-0 surge, and the Panthers would lead the rest of the way.
* McLaughlin notched another free position goal and Thompson added her second of the game as PSU went ahead 7-1 after ten minutes.
* McLaughlin, Daniels and Thompson all picked up their third goals of the afternoon to make it 13-1 with seven minutes left in the half, and Zuccaro and Dubois capped off the run for a commanding 15-1 halftime lead.
* NEC picked up a goal early in the second half, but Dubois capitalized on a Pilgrims' yellow card to notch a player-up free position goal.
* Fiore added her second of the game and freshman Devon Mello (Laconia, N.H.) made it 18-2 after ten minutes.
* McLaughlin tallied her fourth three minutes later, before senior Tara Bainbridge (South Hadley, Mass.) scored for the Pilgrims with just under 14 minutes remaining.
* PSU ran out the clock from there.
Inside the Numbers:
* Dubois added nine draw controls and two caused turnovers to her four-goal and one-assist effort.
* McLaughlin's four goals and five points were both career-highs.
* Daniels (three goals, one assist), Thompson (three goals), Zuccaro (two goals) and Fiore (two goals) all scored multiple times, while senior Laura Harrington (Northborough, Mass.) handed out three assists.
* After being held without a point through the regular season, Mello has notched four goals and an assist in three postseason games.
* Zuccaro added five draw controls and three ground balls, while senior Emily Sauls (North Andover, Mass.) led PSU with five ground balls.
* Sophomore McKenzie Gallasso (South Windsor, Conn.) made three saves but surrendered 10 goals in the first 14:54 for the Pilgrims to fall to 10-5. Freshman Ashley Coughlin (Danielsville, Pa.) relieved and made one save the rest of the way.
* The game marked Plymouth State's third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the eighth in program history. PSU's last tournament victory came on May 8, 2004, a 14-12 win over Ithaca College.
* NEC's only other NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2004.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"What a great effort," said head coach Sandy Bridgeman. "Syd [Dubois] was dominant in the draws and as a team we set the tone early on."
* PSU will face #4 Tufts in a second round game on Sunday (May 12) at 1:00 p.m. The winner advances to NCAA Regionals next weekend.
* NEC has its season come to an end.
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