PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Juniors Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) and JP Sallese (Beverly, Mass.) and freshman Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, NH) each scored three goals Monday night, leading Plymouth State College to a 15-9 victory over Norwich University in a key Pilgrim League Northwest Division men's lacrosse match-up under the lights at Panther Field.
The victory improves PSC to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in Northwest Division games, while Norwich drops to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the division. The Panthers are holding on to the second and final divisional play-off berth, with league games remaining against the two teams that are also still alive - UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston.
Biedrzycki scored all three of his goals in the first period as the Panthers took a 5-4 lead after one quarter. PSC extended its lead to 9-6 by the half and 12-7 at the end of three quarters before cruising home with the victory.
Martocchio, who leads the nation in Division III in goals per game (6.00), added a career-high three assists to his scoring totals. The junior attackman now has a school-record 65 goals this season (along with 11 assists). Martocchio also has netted 175 career goals, which is just one shy of the PSC record (176), established by Scott Walden from 1993-96.
Sallese, who is sixth in the nation in Division III in assists per game (3.56), added two more assists to his team leading total of 39. Also getting into the scoring act for PSC were Pete Slaski (Bayville, NY) and Josh Lane (Fairfield, Conn.) with two goals apiece, and Andy Quesnel (Middlebury, Vt.) with a goal and an assist. Seniors Ben Stone (Acton, Mass.) and Sean Murphy (Eliot, Maine) also registered assists.
The Cadets were led by senior DJ O'Brien, who tallied four goals and an assist. John DeNaples and Al Ortolani each contributed two goals and an assist, and Geoff Regan notched one goal.
PSC starting keeper Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine) made 20 saves, while Norwich's Mike Gioia made 19 saves.
The Panthers are home again Wednesday (4/26) for a non-conference clash vs. Bates (3:30 p.m.) before hosting UMass Dartmouth Saturday (4/29) in the home finale (2 p.m.).
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