GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scored five goals and passed out three assists Sunday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 15-10 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women’s lacrosse match at an overcast Hodgdon Field.
The win was the fourth straight for the three-time defending LEC champion Panthers, and improved their record to 9-4 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Southern Maine dipped to 4-8 overall and 2-4 in the conference. PSU is 30-0 against Little East opponents since the conference started women’s lacrosse in 2002.
Plymouth State will be the top seed and receive a first round bye in the upcoming LEC Tournament that begins Tuesday. The Panthers will host the LEC final four next Friday and Saturday (May 6-7) at Arold Field. Southern Maine will be the fifth seed and travel to an opponent to be determined.
Southern Maine opened a 4-2 lead over PSU behind a pair of goals from sophomore Sarah Proulx (Hebron, Maine) and senior Emily Kirkland (Damariscotta, Maine) in the first 20 minutes of play.
Junior Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) ignited a run of the four straight PSU goals to give the visitors a 6-4 lead. MacDonald netted two of the four goals and assisted on a third.
Proulx and sophomore Justene Larnerd (Cherry Hill, N.J.) sandwiched a goal by PSU sophomore Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) in the final minute to leave the Panthers with a one-goal lead at the break.
Cupoli, junior Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.), and MacDonald scored three consecutive goals for the Panthers in the second half to widen the margin to 11-7 with 19:49 to play. Southern Maine would not go away, pulling within three on three occasions, but Brown and junior Caitlyn Irving (Avon, Conn.) scored in the final 1:34 to account for the 15-10 final.
Brown ended the game with four goals and two assists. Cupoli had two goals, and sophomore Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist.
Proulx led Southern Maine’s offense with four goals, and Kirkland added three.
Senior Kristen Elliott (Exeter, N.H.) and sophomore Suzie Lilakos (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) split the goaltending duties for the Panthers. Elliott played the first half and was credited with seven saves while Lilakos stopped four shots in the second half. Sophomore Jenna Wasylak (Dunstable, Mass.) played a strong match in goal for the Huskies making 21 saves.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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