POMONA, N.J. - Junior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) scored a career-high 10 goals Monday to lead Plymouth State College's men's lacrosse team to a 15-11 victory over Richard Stockton College and give new Panther head coach Nate Ostis a triumph in his coaching debut.
The Panthers and Ospreys were knotted at 8-8 at halftime and 11-11 at the end of three quarters, but PSC's defense tightened and the Panthers held on for the win. Richard Stockton, which had defeated PSC in the last four meetings, drops to 2-2 on the season.
Martocchio, who set the single season school record for goals the past two years (53 in 1998 and 57 last season), bettered his previous career high of eight goals in a game, done in 1998. PSC also got two goals from sophomore Andrew Quesnel (Middlebury, VT) and a goal and five assists from junior JP Sallese (Beverly, Mass.).
Rounding out the scoring for the Panthers were senior Jon Hunt (Guilford, Conn.) with a goal and an assist, sophomore Nolan Fredericks (Temple, NH) with one goal, and freshman Ken McGuire (Wayland, Mass.) with three assists. Sophomore goalie Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine) made an impressive 27 saves in his Panther debut, including several key stops in the decisive fourth quarter.
PSC, 1-0, returns to action Wednesday (Mar. 22) with a contest at Southampton-LIU (3 p.m.). The Panthers' first game back in New England is slated for Wednesday, Mar. 29, at American International College in Springfield, Mass.
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