DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) tallied six points with five goals and an assist to power Plymouth State University past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 20-5, in a Little East Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The Panthers earn their first conference win of the season as they improve to 6-3 overall, while the Corsairs fall to 0-2 in the LEC and 1-6 on the year.
Plymouth State had six players register two or more scores in the win as Vonachen led the way with five goals. Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass.) and Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) each recorded three scores, while Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.), Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) and Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) each etched two marks in the scoring column.
For the Corsairs, freshman Louisa Stansbury (Milford, Mass.) highlighted the Corsairs with a goal and an assist. Also contributing goals were sophomore Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.), junior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) freshman Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) and sophomore Kelly Kryzak (Salisbury, Mass.).
In the first half, the Panthers hopped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening ten minutes with scores from Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.), Tingley and Fistori. At 21:02, Kane answered for UMass Dartmouth to bring the home team with two goals. Over the next nine minutes of play, Plymouth State produced six consecutive goals to build a 9-1 advantage, with the final score coming with 12:46 remaining in the opening half.
Kish halted the six goal surge with a free position goal at the 9:55 mark, making the score 9-2. With 5:44 left before the beak, Tingley boosted the visitor's lead back up to eight, but a minute later Stansbury cut into the lead with her second goal of the year. In the final minute of the first, the Panthers generated three goals to give them a 10 goal advantage heading into halftime.
Plymouth State continued its dominance in the second half, outscoring the Corsairs 7-2 en route to the win.
In net, Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) stopped nine shots in 49 minutes of action, while Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) turned away one shot attempt in reserve. Freshman Erin LeBlanc (Walpole, Mass.) recorded ten saves for the third time this season and reached double-digit save totals for the fifth time for UMass Dartmouth.
The Corsairs will return to play on Tuesday, April 7, when they host Framingham State for a 7 p.m. contest. The Panther's next matchup will be on the road against Bridgewater State at 7 p.m.
Photo Courtesy to Kate Cummings '18