April 27, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Sophomore attacker Meghan McNabb (Lexington, MA) tallied four goals and an assist for a game-high five points to lead the Plymouth State women’s lacrosse team to a 17-2 Little East Conference victory over Rhode Island College in the regular season finale for both teams at the RIC Lacrosse Field on Saturday.


Despite the loss, Rhode Island College (5-8, 1-5 LEC) clinched its second consecutive Little East Conference Women’s Lacrosse Tournament appearance as the No. 6 seed and will travel to Keene State to take on the third-seeded Owls on Tuesday, April 30.


Winners of eight straight contests, Plymouth State (12-2, 6-0 LEC) heads into the LEC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and will be off until the semifinal round on Friday, May 3, when it will face the winner of the first round matchup between Rhode Island College and Keene State.


The Panthers stormed out of the gate to an early, 3-0, lead as senior midfielder Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, NH), sophomore attacker Amy MacDonald (Hull, MA), and McNabb all posted goals in the first 10 minutes of action to put the visitors up early.



 Sophomore attacker Danielle Landon


After sophomore attacker Shannon Connerty (Nashua, NH) found the back of the net with a little over 16 minutes remaining in the first stanza, sophomore midfielder Molly Gleason (Haverhill, MA), freshman midfielder Meghan Grabowski (West Hartford, CT) and McNabb all followed with goals to give Plymouth State a 7-0 lead in the waning minutes of the first half.


With just 39 seconds left to play before intermission, RIC sophomore attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) ripped a shot past PSU junior goalkeeper Lorin Field (Hollis, NH) to send the hosts into the break down by just six.


Plymouth State quickly opened the second half with back-to-back goals in the first five minutes courtesy of Swanson and Grabowski to push their lead up to eight, 9-1. PSU never looked back from there, as the visitors continued with its dominant offensive attack and scored seven more goals to pull away from the Anchorwomen down the stretch.


The hosts finally got on the board again in the final minutes of action when junior attacker Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI) scored a free-position goal with 3:22 remaining in the ballgame, while MacDonald recorded the last score of the game for PSU with 1:12 left on the clock to make it a 17-2 final.


Aside from McNabb’s four-goal performance, Grabowski and MacDonald each tallied three goals for PSU, while Swanson posted two goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Marie Lander (Ossipee, NH) registered two goals and an assist, while Connerty added a goal and two assists.


Plymouth State outscored Rhode Island College, 46-19, and held a decisive advantage in ground balls, 26-16, and turnovers, 16-25.


The Anchorwomen held an 11-10 advantage in draw controls, with sophomore attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) accounting for seven of them.


Junior defender Sam Nolte (Cranston, RI) corralled four ground balls to lead RIC, while sophomore attacker Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) picked up three ground balls. aHaRicci led the Anchorwomen with two caused turnovers.


Senior defender Kristen Guest (Sandwich, MA) led the Panthers with a game-high five caused turnovers and a game-high five ground balls.


Field earned the win (9-2) and made 14 saves along the way, while RIC junior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) made 16 saves in the loss (5-8).