Martocchio leads PSC Men's Lax to OT victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) scored his 11th goal of the game with 55 seconds remaining in overtime Thursday, leading the Plymouth State College men's lacrosse team to a 14-13 non-conference victory over Saint Michael's College.
Already the only men's lacrosse player in the nation in any division to score 10 goals in a game this season, Martocchio was a scoring machine Thursday. He netted all five PSC goals in the first half, added five more in the second half, and concluded his career-best day with the game-winner 3:05 into overtime.
Martocchio, who also assisted on one of the three goals he didn't score, leads the Panthers with 53 goals and five assists. He set the PSC single-season goal scoring record the last two seasons, with 53 in 1998 and 57 in 1999.
The Panthers also got a goal and two assists from seniors Pete Slaski (Bayville, NY) and Ben Stone (Acton, Mass.), and freshman Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, NH) rounded out the Panther scoring. Junior JP Sallese (Beverly, Mass.) also collected three assists.
Saint Michael's was led by sophomore Greg Gosier (Saratoga Springs, NY), who scored four goals and an assist, and classmate Jay Curley (West Hartford, Conn.), who added two goals and four assists. Sophomore Matt Powers (Taunton, Mass.) chipped in with three goals, and solo scores were contributed by Kevin Duffy (Yonkers, NY), Gene D'Alessandro (Port Washington, NY), Nathan Siegler (Brownsville, VT) and Tim Birmingham (Brownsville, VT).
Saint Michael's led 6-5 at halftime, despite five goals from Martocchio. There were four lead changes in the second half, and six tie scores. PSC went ahead 13-11 on Martocchio's 10th goal with 3:19 remaining, but Powers scored for SMC 12 seconds later, and Curley scored the tying-goal with 1:24 on the clock, setting up the extra period.
PSC starting keeper Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine) made 20 saves, while Saint Michael's goalie Jim Crozier (Cayman Islands) stopped 12 shots.
PSC, 6-2 overall, returns to action Saturday (Apr. 15) at Eastern Connecticut (2 p.m.). Saint Michael's, 5-3, plays again Monday at the University of Vermont.
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