WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Plymouth State College's dream of a Pilgrim League men's lacrosse championship in its first year in the league ended Saturday when the Panthers were handed a 22-10 defeat by Eastern Connecticut State University.
Eastern Connecticut wins its second straight Pilgrim League title, defeating Plymouth State for the second time this season. The Warriors complete the season at 13-2 overall, while the Panthers conclude a solid 11-6 campaign under veteran coach Dave Webster.
The highest scoring team in the nation in Division III, ECSU got four goals apiece from Anthony Feleppa (Adelaide, Australia), Eddie Sheehan (Colonia, NJ) and Thierry Francois (Norwalk, CT). Feleppa also picked up four assists and Sheehan added three assists, and reserve Brendan Carney (Ridgefield, CT) contributed three goals.
Plymouth State got three goals apiece from Josh Perry (Falmouth, MA) and Travis Moore (South Berwick, ME), with Perry getting three assists and Moore two. Freshman J.P. Sallese (Beverly, MA) registered two goals and one assist, and Brendan Burke (Beverly, MA) and Sean Clancy (Penfield, NY) scoring one goal apiece.
The Warriors jumped on PSC for four goals in the first five minutes of the game, taking a 4-0 lead. Perry (from Moore) put PSC on the board six minutes in, and Moore added another (from Perry) five minutes later, but the Warriors led 7-2 after one period. In fact, ECSU outshot PSC 19-2 in the opening period, with the Panthers scoring on both of their attempts.
"We did our usual slow start," said Webster. "They're a real good team, but we were very tight against them. We played tight against them both times this season. We never really loosened up."
Burke and Sallese scored for PSC in the second period, but ECSU scored six times to extend its lead to 13-4 at the half. PSC never threatened in the second half, and the Warriors went to their bench in the fourth quarter.
"We're pleased to have made it this far," said Webster. "We had a good season, but a disappointing end to it. I wish we could've done a little better today. That would've made it a great ending to the season."
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