Panthers Erase Six-Goal Deficit to Edge Camels on Late Goal

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) netted the game-winner with 1:34 remaining in the fourth overtime to lift the Plymouth State to a 16-15 win.

The Panthers trailed 15-9 with 12:23 remaining in regulation but ended the game with a 7-0 run to pull out the come from behind victory.

The visitors improve their record to 4-1 with the triumph while the Camels fall to 2-7 with the setback.

MacDonald scored the equalizer with 40.2 seconds remaining in regulation and finished with four goals and two assists. Sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) exploded with seven goals and two assists en route to a nine-point outing. Senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) had three goals and an assist while sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) registered two goals and two assists for the Panthers.

Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) collected seven draw controls and Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) earned her first win of the season in goal, stepping in with six saves in 33:26 of relief duty.

Connecticut College senior Bri Miller had four goals and an assist in the loss. Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) finished with four goals, two assists and three draws.

Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) added three goals and one assist. Sophomore Heidi Halsted (Mill Valley, Calif.) collected five draw controls for the hosts.

Junior net-minder Caitlin Cataldo (Orange, Conn.) made six saves in the setback.

The Camels carried a 9-6 lead at the intermission. In the second stanza, Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) and Miller netted free position goals 59 seconds apart to vault the hosts out to a 15-9 advantage with 12:23 to play.

But the Panthers would not go away and with 4:16 remaining, MacDonald assisted Connerty for her seventh goal of the day to pull the Panthers to within a goal in a 15-14 contest.

With the game on the line, MacDonald supplied the equalizer with 40.2 seconds left and Curran made a critical stop in the final half minute of action to send the game to overtime.

In the fourth overtime, MacDonald broke free in an unsettled situation and sprinted all the way to the cage, flicking in the game-winner for the visitors.

The Panthers visit Bridgewater State College Thursday for a 6:00 p.m. game. The Camels will host Roger Williams University Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. game in New London.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. Plymouth State erased a 15-9 second-half deficit with six unanswered goals in the last 12 minutes of regulation Tuesday afternoon, and then pulled out the victory in the second overtime for a 16-15 triumph over Connecticut College in non-conference action.

Sophomore Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) scored the equalizer for PSU with 40 seconds remaining in regulation and then tallied the game winner with 1:34 to play in the fourth overtime. Sophomore Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) matched her career-high with seven goals and two assists as PSU won its fourth in a row to improve to 4-1.

MacDonald finished with four goals and two assists, while senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H.) added three goals and one assist and sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) contributed two goals and two assists. Sophomore goalie Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) earned the win for PSU, coming off the bench and making six saves on nine shots in more than 33 minutes of play, including a key save at the end of regulation that helped force overtime.

Taylor Thomas and Bri Miller led the Camels (2-7) with four goals apiece, and Lowell Abbott added three scores.

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