Panthers defeated by Eastern Conn.
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Junior midfielder Marc DiGiovanni (Wilton, Conn.) had career-highs with five goals and six points and senior midfielder Jeff Reinhart (Londonderry, N.H.) had a goal and career-high five assists Saturday as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse remained unbeaten with a 17-6 Little East Conference win over Plymouth State College.
Eastern (10-0, 4-0) has now won its last 18 straight regular-season games and stretches its winning streak on its on-campus field to 22. PSC (2-3) lost its first conference match after two wins.
ECSU, ranked 14th nationally, led 5-2 at the end of the first quarter, and 8-3 at halftime. It was 12-4 by the end of the third period and the Warriors cruised home with the win. The game was scheduled to be played at PSC, but was moved to ECSU due to a wet Panther Field.
The Warriors defense was outstanding, shutting downsenior attackmen PSC standout Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) and J.P. Sallese (Beverly, Mass.). Martocchio, who leads the nation in goal scoring, had only one goal against ECSU, while Sallese, the nation's leader in assists, was limited to no goals and three assists.
Shots on goal favored the Warriors, 56-30. PSC junior goaltender Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine), who is second in the nation in saves percentage, made 22 saves. ECSU goalies Mark Hayes and Bruce Frady combined for 12 saves.
Junior Nolan Fredericks (Temple, N.H.) led the Panthers with a pair of goals, while Martocchio, sophomores Kevin Finnerty (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, N.H.) and junior Andrew Quesnel (Middlebury, Vt.) added one goal apiece.
PSC returns to action Tuesday (Apr. 17) with a non-conference game against New England College. The game was scheduled for PSC but has been moved to NEC (4 p.m.).