Warriors stop Panthers nine-game win streak as playoffs begin
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn.) made 14 saves, including her final one in the last 30 second on a free position shot, as Eastern Connecticut State University edged Plymouth State University, 9-8, in the Little East Conference women's lacrosse regular season finale for both schools at Arold Field.
Emmerson made 11 saves in the first half as PSU out-shot the Warriors 21-6, but held only a 6-4 lead. Eastern came back to outscore the home team 5-2 in the second half, including two goals from freshman Alyssa Powers (Ellington, Conn.) to pull out the victory.
The outcome gives Eastern Connecticut (13-4) the LEC regular season title with a 6-0 mark, while Plymouth State (9-3), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped, finishes runner-up in the Little East with a 5-1 conference record. The LEC Tournament begins this week with first-round games on Tuesday; PSU and ECSU both receive first round byes and will host a semifinal game on Thursday, May 4.
- Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
- Location: Plymouth, N.H. (Arold Field)
- Score: Eastern Connecticut 9, Plymouth State 8
- Records: Plymouth State (9-3, 5-1 LEC); Eastern Connecticut (13-4, 6-0 LEC)
* Junior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) sparked the PSU offense with five assists, feeding teammates for four goals in the first half as PSU built a 6-4 lead. Junior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) tallied four points on three goals and an assist, while seniors Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) scored two goals each.
* Powers finished with a team-high three goals for Eastern, while junior Allison Wylie (Ellington, Conn.) added two goals and an assist and senior Paige Schneider (East Lyne, Conn.) scored two goals. Caroline Regan (Niantic, Conn.) and junior Jenna Glynn (West Granby, Conn.) contributed a goal and an assist each. Senior Devyne Doran (South Kingstown, R.I.) had a team-high four draw controls and four caused turnovers.
* The teams alternated the lead the first 15 minutes of the game before PSU rattled off three goals in a row to take a 6-3 lead. Sullivan had two goals in the stretch and Tingley had two assists. Wylie got one back for Eastern with three minutes to go in the half to cut the margin to 6-4.
* After Vonachen pushed the PSU lead to three with the first goal of the second half, Wylie and Powers put in consecutive goals 30 second apart to pull the Warriors back to within a goal. Tingley set up Wilder for a PSU goal with 21 minutes on the clock to make it 8-6, but that turned out to be the last goal PSU would score.
* Powers and junior Jenna Glynn (West Granby, N.Y.) scored for Eastern midway through the half to pull the Warriors even, and Regan put in the goal ahead goal with 11:32 remaining.
* Both teams had numerous chances in the final 10 minutes, but defenses tightened and goalies stood strong. Eastern possessed the ball in the offensive zone much of the final six minutes. PSU had three possessions down the stretch, but twice turned the ball over and Emmerson stopped junior Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) on a free position shot with 26 second remaining.
* PSU finished with a 28-17 margin in shots and 23-15 in ground balls, while Eastern won 11 of 20 draws . PSU was just 1-of-9 on free position shots against Emmerson.
* Both teams will receive a first-round bye in the LEC Tournament, and will host a semifinal game on Thursday, May 4. PSU will meet the winner of #3 Keene State vs. #6 Southern Maine, while ECSU will face the winner of #4 Western Connecticut and #5 UMass Dartmouth.
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