PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) recorded a career-high seven goals Saturday afternoon to lead top-seeded Plymouth State University to a 16-12 victory over fourth-seeded Worcester State College in a semifinal game of the ECAC Division III New England Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Arold Field.
PSU, 13-5, advances to the ECAC New England Championship game against second-seeded Curry College Sunday at Arold Field (1:30 p.m.). The Colonels, 15-5, knocked off Bridgewater State, 17-10, in the other semifinal Friday in Milton, Mass.
The outcome spoiled another outstanding game by Lancer senior All-Star Ann Clark (Worcester, Mass.), who is ranked second in the nation in scoring. Clark led all scorers with nine points on Saturday with five goals and four assists, completing her outstanding season with 87 goals, 32 assists and 119 points.
The Panthers got to a quick start with four goals in the first seven minutes. It was a 6-3 Panther lead when the Lancers made a run at the end of the half to bring the game to 7-5 at the break. The teams went back and forth during the first minutes of the second half, keeping the game close at 9-7, until senior Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) started a Panther rally scoring two goals in five minutes.
Clark kept WSC in the game with four goals in the second half, cutting PSU’s lead to 12-10. The Panthers pulled away down the stretch as Pinault and freshman Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) each scored twice in the final 12 minutes.
Cupoli and senior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) also contributed to the offense with two goals and two assists apiece. Freshman Rhiannon Groff (Nashua, N.H.) contributed two goals and an assist, and sophomore Cassidy Barry (Branford, Conn.) added a goal.
MacDonald led PSU with seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers and four draw controls.
Sophomores Shannon Feeley (W. Springfield, Mass.) and Megan Rosborough (Uxbridge, Mass.) contributed to the Lancer offense with four points apiece, as Feeley had four goals and Rosborough three goals and one assist.
PSU outshot the Lancers 52-23 with junior goaltender Lyndsey Nunes (W. Springfield, Mass.) making 15 saves, while PSU junior netminder Suzie Lilakos (Stratham, N.H.) recorded seven saves.
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