PLYMOUTH, N.H. - With a second place finish in the Northwest Division of the Pilgrim League, Plymouth State College's men's lacrosse team has earned an invitation to the league's post-season tournament.
The Panthers will face Southeast Division champion Wheaton College this Wednesday (May 6th) at 4:00 p.m. in Norton, Mass., with Northwest Division champion Eastern Connecticut hosting Southeast runner-up MIT in the other semi-final. The two Wednesday winners will meet Saturday for the Pilgrim League title.
Plymouth State wrapped up the regular season Monday with a 12-4 victory over Keene State, improving the Panthers to 10-5 overall and 4-1 in the Pilgrim League under veteran coach Dave Webster. Wheaton has won four straight and finished the regular season at 7-6 overall and 4-1 in Pilgrim games.
"We thought at the beginning of the season that we could make the play-offs," said Webster, "and we've done that. Eastern Connecticut is very strong, and is probably the favorite going in, but if we play as well as we can, anything can happen."
The Panthers have had an outstanding season offensively, with four players, one from each class, capable of scoring at anytime. Freshman Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, CT) has grabbed much of the headlines, earning Pilgrim League Rookie of the Week Monday honors for the third time this season. He responded with two more goals in the win at Keene State, giving him a school-record 52 goals this season. Martocchio is only the second player in school history to score 50 goals in a season, as he broke the 27-year-old school mark of 51, set by Tony Colabro in 1971.
Junior Josh Perry (Falmouth, MA) and senior Brendan Burke (Beverly, MA) give PSC a potent attack, along with sophomore midfielder Travis Moore (South Berwick, ME). Perry is the team leader in assists (37) and points (65), turning in one of the best offensive seasons in school history. He also reached the 100-point milestone for his career two weeks ago. Burke has scored 31 goals this season and 113 in his career, the fourth-highest total on PSC's career scoring chart, and the flashy Moore is third on the team in scoring with 54 points (28 goals and 26 assists).
The Panther defense is backboned by junior Eric Emilo (Middlebury, VT). He has led a unit that has allowed just 154 goals in 14 games. The top goalie is freshman Nate Pearson (Bow, NH), who has registered a 10.93 goals against average and a .601 saves percentage.
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