PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The leading set-up man on the Plymouth State College men's lacrosse team has been recognized by the Pilgrim League for his outstanding play.
Junior J.P. Sallese (Beverly, Mass.) was selected Pilgrim League Northwest Division Player of the Week after helping PSC to victories in two of three outings last week. Sallese is also closing in the Plymouth State assist record, serving as the primary feeder for Panther scoring leader Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.).
A 6'0, 175-pound attackman, Sallese collected nine goals and 11 assists in PSC's 2-1 week. He scored a season-high five goals and handed out four assists in a key victory over UMass Dartmouth last Saturday. He also tallied three goals and two assists in a conference win over Norwich.
Sallese, who is ninth in the nation in Division III in assists per game (3.36), added two goals and two assists in the play-off clinching victory over UMass Boston on Monday. He increased his season totals to 77 points (26 goals, 51 assists). Sallese is just one assist shy of the single-season school record of 52, set by Scott Walden in 1994. His 91 career assists also ranks fifth on the school's all-time list.
The Panthers, 10-5 overall and the Northwest Division runner-up at 6-1, 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).
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