MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Plymouth State University women’s lacrosse team scored four unanswered goal to wipe out a three-goal second-half deficit Saturday afternoon and post its 25th straight Little East Conference victory, 11-10, over Eastern Connecticut State Univesity.
Eastern (5-5 overall and 2-1 in the Little East) had a five-game winning streak snapped in losing its first home game after four wins. Plymouth State (3-1 overall, 2-0 in conference play), the three-time defending conference regular-season and playoff champion, defeated the Warriors for the sixth straight time.
The Warriors broke from a halftime tie by scoring the first three goals of the second half but the Panthers countered with four straight goals – sophomore midfielder Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scoring two and assisting on a third in that run – to take an 11-9 lead with 3:26 left. PSU scored the last three of those goals in a span of just over five minutes.
With 67 seconds left in the first half, Eastern senior attack Mo Deegan (Westport, Conn.) became the most prolific goal scorer in the program’s 10-year history when she scored the 206th goal of her career. The record-setting goal was her second of three in the match. She holds program records for goals (207), assists (111) and points (318).
There were five ties in the first half and Eastern never trailed after the opening minutes until junior Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) caused a turnover deep in Eastern’s defensive end and scored her second goal of the match to give the Panthers a 10-9 lead with 6:15 left.
Plymouth held a 31-20 advantage in shots. Led by MacDonald, Plymouth won 15 of 23 draw controls. MacDonald won five draws, junior midfielder Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) four.
PSU sophomore goalie Suzie Lilakos (Stratham, N.H.) won her second game in three decisions, making eight saves. Eastern sophomore goalie Erin Calkins (Stony Brook, N.Y.) made 14 saves but had a personal five-game winning streak snapped.
Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth in a conference match Thursday at 4 p.m. Plymouth State returns home to play its home opener on Tuesday at Arold Field against Colby College (4:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of ECSU Sports Information)
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