PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State College wrapped up the regular season with an easy 23-3 New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance victory over the University of Southern Maine Thursday at Arold Field.
The victory gives the Panthers a 10-3 overall record and a 5-0 NEWLA mark, good for first place in NEWLA’s Northern Division. Southern Maine drops to 5-8 overall and 3-2 in the division, heading into Saturday’s regular season finale at home against Eastern Connecticut (1 p.m.)
PSC, which outscored its five divisional foes this spring, 106-8, will host a first-round conference play-off game next Wednesday (May 2) against an opponent to be determined. Plymouth State, the defending NEWLA champion, has also captured 22 consecutive NEWLA regular season games, dating back to 1997.
The Panthers put the game away midway through the first half, surging to a 12-2 lead and holding a 16-3 advantage at halftime. PSC cruised home in the second half, holding USM scoreless.
Plymouth State had 11 players score at least one goal. Sophomore Heather Adey (Nashua, NH) led the way with four goals and five assists, while seniors Kelly Curran (Forestdale, Mass.) and Courtney O’Sullivan (East Kingston, N.H.) and freshman Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) added three goals apiece. Curran and Norton also chipped in with two assists each.
Rounding out the goal scoring for PSC were juniors Brooke Smith (Columbia, SC), Marcia Wood (Sanford, Maine) and Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, Cal.) with two apiece, and senior Chrystn Pitt (Freeport, Maine), sophomore Eileen Rice (Nashua, N.H.) and freshmen Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) and Cathy Berei (Pennington, N.J.) with one each. Pitt also added a career-high five assists.
Junior Jen Young (Middlebury, Vt.) scored all three USM goals, all in the first half.
PSC netminders Brenna Matarazzo (Salem, N.H.) and Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) combined for 12 saves, while USM sophomore Stephanie Slater (Acton, Mass.) was credited with nine saves.