PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Marcia Wood (Sanford, Maine) scored a season-high four goals Thursday, leading Plymouth State College to a 12-6 victory over New England College in the semi-finals of the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance Tournament at Arold Field.
The win was PSC’s eighth in a row, and advances the Panthers to the NEWLA Championship game Saturday at Arold Field (2 p.m.). PSC, 14-3 overall and the Northern Division champion, will meet the Southern Division champion Bridgewater State (11-5) for the overall NEWLA Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Bridgewater State edged PSC in last year’s NEWLA championship contest, 14-13, but the Panthers defeated BSC in a regular-season game earlier this spring, 11-9.
Plymouth State, which needed double overtime to defeat NEC last month, jumped to a 6-1 halftime lead and never looked back. The Panthers led 10-2 with 15 minutes remaining and withstood a late rally by the Pilgrims.
In addition to Wood’s four goals, the Panthers for two goals apiece from seniors Faith Wahlen (Hampstead, NH) and Amanda Beedy (New Hampton, NH), sophomore Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, Cal.), with Beedy also picking up two assists and Hartman one. Sophomore Megan Wolfley (Maplewood, NJ) and freshman Heather Adey (Nashua, NH) also scored for PSC.
NEC was led by junior Rachel McKee (New London, NH), who scored two of the Pilgrims’ six goals. Also getting into the scoring act were Jamie Jackman (New London, NH), Jenny Bronson (Morgan, Vt.), Amy Wood (Peabody, Mass.) and Jill Jonea (East Andover, NH).
Two Panthers reached milestones in the game. Beedy’s first goal was the 100th of her career, making her the seventh player in school history to score 100 goals. Hartman’s second-half goal was the 100th point of her career, making her the 10th player in school history to reach that milestone.
Both goalies – PSC’s Lisa Goldberg (Newton, Mass.) and NEC’s JB Kelly (Poland, Maine) registered 15 saves.