PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Top-seeded Plymouth State College advanced to its second straight Little East Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship game by disposing of fourth-seeded Keene State College, 17-2, Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.
The Panthers, 10-3 overall, will host second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Arold Field. ECSU, 8-4, advanced to the final with a 16-15 overtime victory over Western Connecticut on Friday.
Plymouth State used a balanced offensive attack to defeat the Owls. Four different players scored goals to stake the Panthers to a 4-0 lead 11 minutes into the first half, and six different players found the scoring column as PSC led 11-0 at the half. PSC, which defeated Keene State 16-7 earlier this season, coasted home in the second half to capture its fifth straight victory.
Senior Julie Shields (Whitby, Ont.), junior Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.), sophomore Annmarie Guglielmo (Gansevoort, N.Y.) and freshmen Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) and Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.) all scored three goals for PSC, with Sheridan collecting two assists and Shields and Brown adding one assist apiece. Other scorers for the Panthers included junior Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) with a goal and an assist, senior Beth Dooly (Goffstown, N.H.) with one goal, and senior Melissa Cotton (Osterville, Mass.) with a team-high three assists.
Freshman Kristal Lundegaard (Babylon, N.Y.) scored both second-half goals for Keene State, with freshman Colleen Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) picking up an assist.
PSC netminder Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) made 11 saves to pick up the win, while KSC goalies Jamie Litch (Addison, Vt.) and Mandy Gray (Sharon, Mass.) made five and four saves, respectively.
Plymouth State’s meeting Sunday against ECSU is the second encounter between the two schools this season, with PSC taking the first one, 13-9 on Apr. 12 in Willimantic, Conn. The teams also met three times last season, with PSC winning during the regular season and in the LEC Championship game and ECSU taking the ECAC New England title game.