PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sydney Dubois had six goals and Megan Tingley eight assists to power the top-seeded Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team to a 19-8 victory over second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in the championship game of the Little East Conference playoffs Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.
For the second time this year against Eastern (11-7), Plymouth (14-3) raced to a big early lead. Three weeks ago at Mansfield, the Warriors battled back from a 9-0 deficit to make a game of it, losing by a score of 14-11. Saturday, the Panthers were having none of that, scoring the first eight goals in the final 15 minutes, stretching the lead to 12-2 by halftime, and never relinquishing the momentum in defeating Eastern for the second straight year in the title game.
The title game appearance was the 11 in 17 years for Plymouth, which improved to 7-4 all-time in those games. The Panthers are 5-2 all-time in the final against Eastern, which dropped to 4-8 in championship game appearances (1-5 in the last six).
Eastern's top season goal-scorers were neutralized by Plymouth, which limited the Warriors'top six scorers to seven total goals Saturday. Four of the goals were scored by senior attack Katie Burke (South Windsor), who was shut out in the first half and submitted two of her goals in the last ten minutes when the outcome was no longer in doubt.
Plymouth connected on 19 of its 28 shots in the game, including 12 of 16 in the first half. Panther goalie Clarissa Foote was credited with just one save on 14 Eastern shots, while Eastern junior Jessica Purick (Riverhead, NY) made four saves.
Eastern senior midfielder Maggie Bodington (Stratford) won seven of the team's 12 draws, leaving her two shy of the season record of 90, set by Erin Conn in 2012.