Panthers clap past Monks, 11-9

PLYMOUTH, New Hampshire — Plymouth State University (2-0) defeated Saint Joseph’s College (2-1) 11-9 in non-conference women’s lacrosse action Wednesday night.

Tonight’s setback marks the Monks’ first regular-season loss since April 17, 2021, when St Joe’s suffered a 12-11 overtime loss at Johnson & Wales University. Saint Joseph’s ran a 20-0 record last spring before failing in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


Saint Joseph’s trailed early but led 7-5 at the break after Megan Mourmouras (Biddeford, Maine) and Lydia Dexter (Oakland, Maine) scored in the final three minutes of the second quarter.

The Panthers scored twice while keeping the Monks scoreless in the third quarter to end the game 7-7 and the teams traded goals in the first 10 minutes of the fourth frame before junior Megan Gaspa (Laconia, NH) and student Julia Donovan (Antrim, NH) netted the winner and insurance balances at 3:18 and 2:00, respectively.


Plymouth State led in shots (31-29), shots on goal (22-14) and draw controls (16-8), while Saint Joseph’s had a 30-22 advantage in ground ball and a 13-9 lead in afternoon turnovers.


SJC student Morgan Wright (Chelmsford, Mass.) conceded five goals and made two saves in the first half, and freshman Alexis Eldridge (Effingham, NH) accepted the loss after deflecting nine shots, taking in the second stanza six goals were allowed.

Plymouth State’s second goalie, Margie Black (Longmeadow, Mass.), conceded nine goals and made five saves to go 2-0 this season.


Dexter had five goals on 11 shots with two ground balls and two turnovers made. Mourmouras added a goal with two assists, two ground balls and four draw controls. Sophomore Shauna Clark (Oakland, Maine) scored with a game high-five grounders Junior Carson Battaglia (Gorham, Maine) scored with four grounders for a goal

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Donovan scored three goals with an assist on six shots, all on target. Senior Amelia Thomas (Hopkinton, NH) scored two goals with two ground balls. Sophomore Jenna Stowell (Londonderry, NH) had one goal with two assists, nine draw controls, three ground balls and three turnovers


Today’s meeting was the first ever between the Monks and Panthers women’s lacrosse programs.


Saint Joseph’s open the game of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) on Saturday with a game at 15:00 at Norwich University.