Panthers to meet Eastern Conn. in Championship game on Saturday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Juniors Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) and Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) scored three goals apiece Thursday afternoon as second-seeded Plymouth State University edged third-seeded Keene State College, 9-8, in a Little East Conference women's lacrosse semifinal game at Arold Field.
Tingley scored two second half goals and Sullivan added one to help PSU come back from a 6-5 halftime deficit to knock off the two-time defending champions. The Panthers, runner-up the past two years, scored the first four goals of the second half while keeping the Owls off the scoreboard for 17 straight minutes. Keene State got two straight free position goals with just under 13 minutes remaining to cut the margin to 9-8, but neither team was able to score the rest of the way.
PSU advances to its third straight title game on Saturday at top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University, which bounced fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University in Thursday's other semifinal, 11-8. Eastern edged PSU in the regular season finale last Saturday in Plymouth, 9-8, to claim the regular season crown and the top seed.
- At Stake: Little East Conference Tournament Semifinal
- Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
- Location: Plymouth, N.H. (Arold Field)
- Score: Plymouth State 9, Keene State 8
- Records: Plymouth State 10-3; Keene State 7-11
* There were three lead changes in a closely-fought first half. Sullivan scored with an assist from Tingley with three minutes to go in the half to tie the game for the fifth time, 5-5, with just under three minutes to play, but freshman Tess Masci (Hopkinton, N.H.) got a goal from junior Taylor Farland (Fiskdale, Mass.) with 16 seconds left on the clock to give the Owls a 6-5 margin at the break.
* PSU slowly pulled away in the second half. Senior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) tied the score early on with a free position goal, and Tingley gave PSU the lead for good four minutes later. Sullivan added her third goal with 20 minutes to play, and Tingley made it 9-6 Plymouth State with 14 minutes to go.
* Keene State got a burst of offense on free position goals by senior Kelly Chadnick (Brewster, N.Y.) and junior Tori Weinstock (Brookfield, Conn.) just 22 seconds apart, the last one coming with 12:37 to play, but that ended up being the final goal of the game.
* Keene senior goalie Alison Argiro (Hingham, Mass.) finished with 10 saves, including two on free position shots in the final 10 minutes. PSU senior Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) made six saves, including a free position stop with seven minutes to play.
* Chadnick and Farland finished with two goals and an assist each for Keene State, while Weinstock and senior Taylor Graf (Hanover, Mass.) added one goal and an assist apiece. Farland made a big impact with six draw controls, six ground balls and two caused turnovers.
* Vonachen filled up the stat sheet with three ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls, while sophomore Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) had a strong game for PSU with a goal and five ground balls.
* PSU is looking for its first LEC Championship since 2014, and its record sixth overall.
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