April 8, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman midfielder Carol Messler (Durham, NH/Oyster River HS) scored the game-winning goal midway through the second half and visiting Plymouth State held on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's lacrosse team, 8-7, in a Little East Conference game at Cressy Field Friday night.
Messler scored unassisted with 14:50 remaining to break a 7-7 tie.
The Corsairs came from behind twice to tie the game in the second half, getting a free-position goal from senior midfielder Samantha Wonson (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) to tie the game at 6-6 with 22:40 remaining, and a goal from sophomore midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA/Agawam HS) to tie the game at 6-6 with 21:19 to play.
PSU took an early 2-0 lead on goals by senior attacker Kathryn Rogers (Wolfeboro, NH/Kingswood Regional HS) and sophomore midfielder Amanda Richardson (Bradford, NH/Kearsarge HS) in the opening minutes of the game. UMass Dartmouth battled back, and junior midfielder Allison O'Rourke's (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) second goal of the first half with 1:03 remaining gave the Corsairs a 5-4 lead at halftime.
Gates, O'Rourke and Wonson led UMD with two goals apiece. Rogers had four goals for the Panthers, while sophomore attacker Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, NH/Plymouth Regional HS) added two.
"This was one of the best games we've played against the number one team in the conference," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "Ultimately, it came down to who could score last, and we had a turnover and got the ball back with 14 seconds remaining and we couldn't close to the goal and shoot in time. With a little bit of luck, we could have won. Plymouth State's coaches were impressed with the way we played, and even though no one likes to lose, we played our hearts out and came out short by one goal at the end."
The Corsairs outshot the Panthers, 25-22. Sophomore goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made seven saves for UMD, while freshman Lori Field (Hollis, NH/Hollis-Brookline HS) made 14 stops for Plymouth State.
The Corsairs dropped to 2-5 and 0-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Panthers improved to 5-2 and 2-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Framingham State next Tuesday. PSU will play Thomas Sunday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE