PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State College men's lacrosse team makes its second straight Pilgrim League play-off appearance Wednesday (May 5), when the Panthers travel to Babson College for a semi-final game against the Beavers (4:00 p.m.).
PSC earned the post-season bid with a 13-8 victory over Northwest Division foe UMass Dartmouth last Saturday, the final day of the regular season. The Panthers, 7-7 overall, finished 4-1 in the Northwest, earning the second and final play-off spot in the division.
Plymouth State will face a Babson squad that finished in a three-way tie for first in the Southeast Division with MIT and Western New England College, all with 4-1 league records. The Beavers, 7-8 overall, won the tiebreaker and earned the top seed in the division, while MIT won the next tiebreaker and grabbed the second play-off spot.
MIT will travel to Northwest champion Eastern Connecticut for Wednesday's other semi-final. The two winners on Wednesday advance to the Pilgrim League championship Saturday or Sunday, with sites and times to be announced.
The Panthers were in the same position last season. PSC was the second seed in the division, and pulled a 14-13 upset victory at Wheaton in the semi-finals, only to lose in the title game at Eastern Connecticut, 22-10.
"We're very pleased to be going to the play-offs again this year," said PSC first-year head coach Bob Ewell. "We showed last season that anything can happen when you get to the play-offs, so we are going to go down there and give it everything we've got."
The Panthers feature the strong offensive combination of sophomore Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, C) and senior Josh Perry (Falmouth, MA). Martocchio has PSC single-season records the past two years, scoring 53 goals as a freshman and eclipsing that mark with 55 this season. He is just the fifth men's player in school history to reach the 10-goal milestone. Perry, who leads the team in scoring for the third straight season, has 26 goals and 39 assists. He is now fourth on PSC's all-time lists for assists (97) and points (186).
Other key members of PSC's offense include senior captain Nate Ostis (Yarmouth, ME) and sophomore J.P Sallese (Beverly, MA). PSC also has a solid defensive unit, featuring veteran starters Eric Emilo (Middlebury, VT), Sean Murphy (Eliot, ME), Peter Slaski (Bayville, NY) and Brian White (Guilford, CT)
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