BOSTON, Mass. - Plymouth State College scored four unanswered four-quarter goals Monday to pull out a tough 14-12 Pilgrim League men's lacrosse victory over UMass Boston, securing the second and final Northwest Division play-off berth.
Deadlocked at 10-10 entering the final quarter, PSC rattled off four consecutive goals - two by junior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) and one apiece by senior defenseman Sean Murphy (Eliot, Maine) and junior JP Sallese (Beverly, Mass.). It was Murphy's first goal in 56 career games, and proved to be the game-winner. The Beacons battled back with two goals in the final five minutes, but PSC held on for the win.
PSC concludes the regular season with a 10-5 overall record under first-year head coach Nate Ostis, and takes second place in the Pilgrim's Northwest Division with a 6-1 mark. The Beacons conclude their season at 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the division.
The Panthers will travel to Springfield College on Wednesday (5/3) for a Pilgrim League semi-final match-up (4 p.m.). The Pride placed first in the Southeast Division, finishing the regular season at 8-6 overall and 6-0 in the division. Northwest champion Eastern Connecticut will host Southeast runner-up MIT in the other semi-final Wednesday, with the Pilgrim League Championship game slated for Saturday (time and site TBA).
Martocchio finished Monday's game with five goals and an assist, while Sallese registered two goals and two assists. Also scoring for PSC were freshman Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, NH) with three goals, Jon Hunt (Guilford, Conn.) with two goals and two assists, and Andy Quesnel (Middlebury, Vt.) with one goal. Senior Ben Stone (Acton, Mass.) added three assists.
The Beacons were led by Josh Stoop, who scored six goals, and Bill Ward, who contributed three goals and an assist. Chris Greeley also added two goals and two assists.
Both teams needed to use two goalies. PSC sophomore Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine) made 16 saves, and freshman reserve Davin Townley-Tilson (Concord, NH) made two saves while Clark served a penalty. UMB's Will Fleming made 12 saves, and back-up Dan Eastman made one save in limited time after Fleming suffered a minor injury.
Martocchio's performance Monday improved his PSC-record totals to 82 goals this season and 192 in his career. He also established a new school mark for points in a season with 96 (82g, 14a), breaking the mark of 94 Scott Walden set in 1994. Martocchio also moved into second place on the all-time scoring list with 222 points (192g, 30a), passing Steve Moltisanti, who had 219 points (69g, 150a) from 1970-73.
Sallese increased his totals to 77 points this season (26g, 51a). He needs just one assist to match the PSC single-season assist mark (52), set by Walden in 1994.
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