NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Kelsey McDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) recorded three goals and two assists Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 16-7, in Little East Conference women’s lacrosse action.
The win allowed the Panthers to remain unbeaten in conference play (5-0) while improving to 6-4 overall. The Corsairs dropped to 6-6 overall and 1-4 in the LEC.
The hosts gave PSU all it could handle in the first half, taking a 4-2 lead with seven minutes to go before the break. But the Panthers scored three times in the last seven minutes to take a 5-4 lead at halftime. PSU came out firing in the second half, rattling off eight straight goals in the first 14 minutes to take a 13-4 advantage, and coasted home the rest of the way.
Junior Nicole Evans (Scituate, Mass.) also collected three goals for the Panthers, and sophomore Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) contributed two goals and two assists. Juniors Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) and Caitlyn Irving (Avon, Conn.) chipped in with two goals each.
It was again a balanced offensive effort for the Panthers, as sophomore Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) added a goal and two assists, sophomore Liz Boddy (Brentwood, N.H.) had a goal and an assist, and junior Meghan O’Neil (Scituate, Mass.) and sophomore Amanda Spadafora (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored one goal each.
Sophomore Katelyn Elliott (Lowell, Mass.) led the Corsairs with four goals.
MacDonald and Spadafora led the Panthers with six ground balls each, while MacDonald collected four draw controls and Spadafora got three.
Senior Kristin Elliott (Exeter, N.H.) played the whole game in the Panther goal and made 11 saves.
PSU is right back into action Sunday with a Little East Conference make-up game at Southern Maine (1:00 p.m.)
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