|Plymouth State University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Junior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) combined to score 11 goals as the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers pulled away in the second half for a 15-5 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in Little East Conference women’s lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the sixth straight for the surging Panthers, and improved their record to 6-2 overall. The Panthers are unbeaten in conference play at 3-0. The Huskies fell to 7-5 overall and 1-3 in LEC play after absorbing their third loss in the last four games.
Sullivan led all scorers finding the net seven times while Zuccaro scored four goals. Junior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) contributed two goals and three assists for five points, and dominated in the center circle collecting six draw controls. Senior goalie Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) made nine saves to earn her sixth win of the campaign.
Senior Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) led the Huskies scoring three goals, and she dished out one assist. Sophomores Colleen Fleming (South Portland, Maine) and Aliza Jordan (Gorham, Maine) had the other USM goals. Sophomore goalie Hala Van Nostrand (Granby, Conn.) registered 16 stops in the Huskies’ cage.
Sullivan got the Panthers off to a fast start scoring off a Tingley assist just 52 seconds into the game, and followed up with a free-position goal at 27:31. Campobasso’s first goal of the game got the Huskies on the scoreboard at 23:20, but the Panthers responded with the next five goals. Sullivan, Zuccaro and Tingley accounted for four of the five goals.
Down 7-1, the Huskies had their best offensive stretch over the final seven minutes of the half to close the gap to 7-4 at the break. Fleming found the net with a free-position shot at 6:23. Campobasso tallied an unassisted marker at 2:54, and Jordan scored a man-up goal off an assist from Campobasso with four ticks remaining on the clock.
The second half was all Plymouth State. The Panthers scored five times in the in the first seven minutes to go up 12-4. Tingley ignited the outburst, and Sullivan and Zuccaro each scored twice.
Campobasso snapped the run of PSU goals at 22:23, but that would be the last USM goal of the game. Sullivan scored twice in the middle third of the period, and senior Becky Dale (Keene, N.H.) scored her first goal of the season at 4:17 after intercepting an errant clearing pass and going in alone on Van Nostrand for the final tally.
Plymouth State racked up a 32-16 advantage in shots and 29-16 edge in ground balls.