HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Thirteen first half goals was enough cushion for Plymouth State to break UMass Dartmouth women's lacrosse three-game win streak on Saturday, as the Panthers prevailed 17-10 over the visiting Corsairs at The Holderness School.
The Corsairs slip to 4-3 on the season in the first Little East Conference game for both squads on the year. The Panthers are now 6-2 and in the midst of a three-game win streak. Ten goals marks the most that UMass Dartmouth has put on the board against Plymouth State since the 2009 season.
Sophomore Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) netted a hat trick of goals to lead the Corsairs on offense, while senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.), junior Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) and sophomore Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) each contributed two goals. Sophomore Julia DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) chipped in all over the field, scoring a goal and two assists while securing seven ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Plymouth State's Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) potted a game-high five goals, and freshman goalkeeper Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) stopped 13 shots in 34 minutes between the pipes.
The Corsairs came on strong out of the gate, jumping out to a 2-1 lead as DiPillo assisted on a Kish goal and then registered a goal three minutes later. The Panthers quickly turned the tides though, rattling of the next seven scores over the course of ten minutes. Sullivan and junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) each notched two goals during the span.
Douty cut the Panther lead in half at 12:05, firing back-to-back scores in just over a minute, but Plymouth State secured five of the last six tallies of the first half, including three more from the stick of Sullivan, to cruise into halftime with a 13-5 lead.
The second half was a much more evenly-played affair, with the Corsairs outscoring the Panthers 5-4. UMass Dartmouth again put in the first goal of the next stanza as Longo buried a man-up goal on a Douty helper. Kane, Kish and Douty rounded out the scoring on the game, with the Corsairs registering three goals in the last seven minutes of play, but Plymouth State's lead was too much to overcome.
Freshman Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) made six saves for UMass Dartmouth, while the Panthers split time between three goalkeepers. In addition to Wargo, sophomore Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) made two saves in just over four and a half minutes.
The Corsairs will play a trio of home games next week, first playing host to non-conference foe Salve Regina on Monday at 4:30.