April 2, 2011



Providence, RI-Sophomore attacker Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, NH) scored a game-high four goals to go along with an assist, three ground balls and two draw controls as Plymouth State opened up Little East Conference women’s lacrosse action with a 13-5 win at Rhode Island College.


The Panthers (3-2, 1-0 LEC) snap a two-game losing skid in the win as the Anchorwomen (3-3, 0-1 LEC) drop their third in the club’s last four contests.


RIC opened the game on fire, scoring three goals in a 45-second time span with the third marker coming just 1:57 into action. Freshman midfielder Jessalyn O’Neill (North Providence, RI) netted one marker and classmate attacker Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI) tallied twice. Sophomore midfielder Courtney McKiernan (Hope, RI) set up the first and third goals for the hosts.



 Sophomore midfielder Courtney McKiernan


The Panthers settled into their offensive sets nicely and rattled off eight straight goals. Junior midfielder Jenn Foley (Tewksbury, MA) scored twice, just 29 seconds apart at 18:22 and 17:53, to get momentum rolling the visitor’s way. Freshman attacker McKenna Bay (Maracaibo, Venezuela) tied the game, 3-3, at 9:31 and Swanson gave PSU the lead for good with her first goal at 7:16.


Plymouth State added three goals to open the second half to essentially put the game out of reach. The Panthers played ball control offense for much of the final 30 minutes to close out the game. RIC senior midfielder Suany Almonte (Warwick, RI) scored on a free position shot and freshman midfielder Cassy Arines (Warwick, RI) grabbed a draw control and raced down the field for her first collegiate goal to round out the RIC offense.



 Freshman midfielder Cassy Arines


Freshman goalkeeper Lorin Field (Hollis, NH) was sensational in net for PSU, turning away 15 Anchorwomen shots, 10 of which came in the second half, for her third win (3-1). She stopped four RIC free position shots and picked up seven ground balls. RIC freshman goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) made six saves in a losing effort (3-3).


Foley netted the hat trick, while freshman midfielder Emily Buckle (Danbury, CT) and sophomore midfielder Amanda Richardson (Bradford, NH) each netted a goal and set up two more for three-point efforts.


McKiernan added a team-high four ground balls and one caused turnover to her two-assist effort.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Wheelock on Thursday, April 7 (7 p.m.).