DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Plymouth State University registered three consecutive goals to open the scoring and led wire-to-wire this afternoon, defeating the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 15-5 in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse match played on Cressy Field. It was the conference opener for both programs.
SCORE: Plymouth State 15, UMass Dartmouth 5
RECORDS: Panthers (3-2, 1-0 LEC), Corsairs (5-5, 0-1 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENDED
Senior Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and junior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) each recorded season-highs in points to power the Plymouth State offensive attack to its first conference win of the season. Wilder produced five goals and an assist to pace the Panthers, while Sullivan penned three markers and two helpers into her ledger. Junior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) contributed to the offensive rush by matching her season-high with three assists and a score, while sophomore Kimmie Zuccarro (Townsend, Mass.) posted a hat trick.
Junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) registered her seventh multi-goal game of the campaign to lead the Corsairs. Freshman Gabby Giangrande (Westbrook, Conn.) turned in a balance attack with a goal and an assist, and classmate Elliana Stormwind (Littleton, Mass.) netted her first collegiate marker. Senior Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) won a team-high four draws and picked up three groundballs, while Kish forced a team-best four turnovers.
The Plymouth State offensive attack was clicking on all cylinders from the opening draw, building a 3-0 advantage less than five minutes into the contest. Kish tried to stem the tide by converting off a feed from junior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.). The Panthers seized control of the contest with a four-goal spurt, keyed by two tallies from Sullivan, to stretch their advantage to 7-1. Stormwind was able to sneak her first goal of the season past the visitors' keeper on a free-position shot to cut the deficit to 7-2. However, Plymouth State closed the opening half with two strikes to enter the intermission with a 9-2 lead.
UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column just 50 seconds into the second stanza, when Kish found the back of the net on a free-position shot. Zuccaro sandwiched a pair of markers between a Wilder goal to extend the Panthers' advantage to 12-3. Giangrande factored in the final two Corsair makers, notching an assist before depositing her 10th goal of the season. Plymouth State quelled the comeback attempt with a pair of insurance markers to earn their third consecutive win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Plymouth State held a 26-21 advantage in shots, while winning 13 of the 21 draw controls.
- UMass Dartmouth scooped up 16 groundballs, one more than the Panthers. The Corsairs also committed four fewer turnovers (25-21).
- Plymouth State converted 61.9 percent (13-for-21) of its clearing opportunities, while limiting UMass Dartmouth to just nine of 21 attempts (42.9 percent).
- Sophomore Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) made six saves, her lowest total of the season. Freshman Bridget Harrington (Northampton, Mass.) made her second appearance of the campaign, posting two stops.
- Senior Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) stopped nine of the 13 shots she faced to finish one save shy of her season-best. Sophomore Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) registered made one save in two minutes, 56 seconds of action.
- The Panthers continued to dominate the all-time series between the two programs, as they now rise to 19-1 overall. UMass Dartmouth's only win came in a 15-7 decision in 2008.
UMass Dartmouth remains home and looks to snap a two-game skid against Worcester State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Plymouth State stays on the road, traveling to Salem State next Thursday at 4 p.m.