HENNIKER, N.H. - Eight different players scored goals Tuesday as the Plymouth State College men's lacrosse team defeated Granite State rival New England College, 15-11, in non-conference action.
With the victory, PSC evened its record at 3-3, while NEC dropped to 6-4. The game was scheduled to be played at Panther Field, but was moved to NEC due to the field conditions. PSC has not practiced or played on its home field this spring.
The location of Tuesday's game didn't seem to bother the Panthers. After the Pilgrims and Panthers traded goals during the first 10 minutes, PSC surged ahead and took an 8-4 lead by halftime. NEC rattled off three unanswered goals midway through the third period to pull to within one (9-8), but PSC answered with three straight to regain a four-goal lead and the Panthers never looked back.
Senior attackman J.P. Sallese (Beverly, Mass.) led the Panthers with three goals and two assists, and sophomore Kevin Finnerty (Bay Shore, N.Y.) added a season-high four points (3 goals, 1 assist). Sophomore Ken McGuire (Wayland, Mass.) and senior Tony Bosco (Derry, N.H.) each contributed two goals and an assist, and senior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.), the team's goal scoring leader, netted a pair.
Also getting into the scoring act for PSC were junior Andrew Quesnel (Middlebury, Vt.) and sophomore Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, N.H.) with one goal and one assist apiece, and freshman Eric Gobiel (Chelmsford, Mass.) with one goal.
Top scorers for NEC were senior Kurt Colby with five goals and one assist and sophomore Matt Stack with a goal and four assists. Sophomore Josh Dionne also added a pair of goals. Panther goalkeeper Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine) equaled a season high with 25 saves. Goalie Matt Brawn stopped 10 shots for the Pilgrims.
After another road game Thursday (Apr. 18) at Saint Michael's College (4 p.m.), PSC is slated to play at home for the first time this season Saturday with a key Little East Conference game against UMass Boston (1 p.m.).