April 29, 2014



Plymouth, N.H.-Senior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) made 18 saves between the pipes, but sixth-seeded Rhode Island College fell to third-seeded Plymouth State 17-5, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Panther Field on Tuesday evening.


PSU improved to 10-4 on the season and advances to Friday's semifinal contest at second-seeded Western Connecticut State University (3:00 p.m.). Rhode Island College’s season comes to a close with the loss and wraps up the year with a 7-8 record.


Junior midfielder Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) led the offense with a pair of goals, while senior Jessalyn O'Neill (North Providence, RI) notched a goal and an assist. Senior defender Sam Nolte (Cranston, RI) collected a team-high four ground balls and won three draws, while junior midfielder Lauren Maisano (Bristol, RI) grabbed four draw controls.



 Junior midfielder Harmony Tillison


Freshmen attackers Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, MA) and Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, MA) combined for five goals and four assists to pace the Panthers on offense. Wilder tallied a game-high five points on three goals and two assists while Vonachen added two goals and two assists to lead a balanced PSU attack. Junior midfielder Molly Gleason (Haverhill, MA) and sophomore midfielder Emily Tilton (Cranston, RI) chipped in with three goals apiece, while Gleason contributed five draw controls and five ground balls.


Despite PSU jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, the visitors played strong and challenged the higher-seeded home team. Junior attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) scored her 41st goal of the season with 16 minutes left in the first half to make it a 3-1 game.


Just as they did last Saturday in the regular season finale against RIC, the Panthers pulled away in the last 12 minutes of the first half. PSU rattled off six unanswered goals, including two by Tilton and two by junior midfielder Rachel Fistori (Medford, MA), to open up a 9-1 margin. Tillison got one back for RIC to make it, 9-2, at halftime.


PSU scored five of the first six goals in the second half to open up a 10-goal lead and the home team coasted home the rest of the way.


Senior goalkeeper Lorin Field (Hollis, NH) made six saves and allowed four goals to earn the win, including career save No. 500. Junior goalkeeper Casey Curran (Framingham, MA) stopped four shots in the final 12 minutes off the Panther bench.