Springfield, Mass. - March 6, 2013 - Meghan Flanagan tallied a game-high four goals as the Springfield College women's lacrosse team held off Plymouth State, 7-6, on a frigid Wednesday evening on Stagg Field.
Springfield is now 3-0 on the season and off it its best start since the 2007 campaign. The Panters dropped their season opener to fall to 0-1.
In addition to Flanagan's four strikes, Kelly Gallo was the only other member of the Pride with multiple points as she posted a goal and an assist. Ellie Getchell caused four turnovers, and Michel Dorsey snagged four ground balls. Anne Versprille posted the win, making just two saves.
For Plymouth State, Meghan McNabb tallied two goals and an assist, while Caitlin Swanson found the back of the cage twice. Shannon Conner registered three draw controls and two caused turnovers, and Lorin Field was charged with the loss after making 11 stops.
For the game, Springfield held a 27-11 advantage in shots, including a 17-5 edge in the first 30 minutes of play.
Springfield raced out to a 4-0 lead as it controlled the game from the onset. Flanagan opened up the scoring with a free-position strike 2:44 into the contest, before Gallo added an unassisted goal just 20 seconds later. Gallo found Jennifer McDonough with a great feed in transition at the 21:46 mark, and Flanagan scored her second of the game after she muscled through four Panther defenders to stick home a goal with 16:18 on the clock.
Plymouth State scored the final two goals of the half, starting with Swanson's goal at the 14:57 mark after a great feed from Amy MacDonald from behind the cage. Meghan Grabowski made it a 4-2 contest after spinning off her defender on the crease with 7:47 to go.
The Panthers continued strong to start the second, scoring two of the halves first three goals to get within a goal at 5-4 following a quick-stick strike from Rachel Fistori with 16:33 left in regulation.
However, Springfield strung together two unanswered goals, using free-position markers from Connie Nielsen and Flanagan, to regain a three-goal cushion at the 14:41 mark.
McNabb slipped in a shot at 8:21 and Swanson buried a free-position strike with 6:26 to set up an exciting finish. Field made a huge save on a free-position attempt by the Pride with just over four minutes to play, but Getchell played tremendous defense and caused a turnover with the Panthers threatening in their offensive set to ultimately seal the win.
Springfield will play its third game this week on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Roger Williams at 1:00 pm.