GORHAM, Maine -- Senior J.P. Sallese (Beverly, Mass.) had a pair of goals and dished off 10 assists to help the Plymouth State College Panthers defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 22-9, in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse match Thursday afternoon at Paula D. Hodgdon Field.
The win evened the Panthers' overall record at 5-5, and raised it to 3-2 in Little East play. Southern Maine dipped to 2-10 overall and 1-4 in the Little East. Both teams have one conference game remaining on Saturday. Plymouth State travels to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth while Southern Maine hits the road to play at nationally ranked Eastern Connecticut State University. Both games start at 2:00 p.m.
Sallese set up six first-half goals, and scored one, as the Panthers built a 10-3 lead. Senior Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) paced the balanced attack with three goals.
The Panthers pulled away from the shorthanded Huskies (15 players dressed) in the second half. Sophomore Ken McGuire (Wayland, Mass.) and junior Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine), who played goal the first three quarters, each had three goals in the second half. For the game, 11 different players scored goals for the Panthers.
Martocchio finished with four goals for PSC, while junior Andrew Quesnel (Middlebury, Vt.) joined McGuire and Clark with three apiece. Sophomore Kevin Finnerty (Bay Shore, N.Y.) added a pair, and single goals were registered by seniors Eric Gilbert (South Portland, Maine), Tony Bosco (Derry, N.H.) and Sean Clancy (Penfield, N.Y.), junior Nolan Fredericks (Temple, N.H.) and sophomore Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, N.H.).
Sallese's 12-point game, a career-high, also put the senior attackman over the 200-point career milestone. He now has 207 points (77 goals, 130 assists). He is the fifth player in school history to register more than 200 points.
Freshman Jon McCabe (Farmington, Maine) was the lone bright spot for the Huskies, scoring six goals. Freshmen Nick Rich (Yarmouth, Maine) and J.R. Moreau (Farmington, Maine), and junior Matt Denis (Gardiner, Maine) had the other USM goals. Sophomore Bobby Franchi (Newton, Mass.) had a pair of assists.
Clark had eight saves before giving way to senior Davin Townley-Tilson (Concord, N.H.). Townley-Tilson made five saves over the final 18 minutes. USM senior Mike Shippee (Wiscasset, Maine) had 18 saves.