WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team scored the first nine goals on the way to an 18-3 win over Plymouth State College Thursday in the semifinal round of the 2001 Little East Conference playoffs.
Top-seeded Eastern (14-1) advances to host second-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston (12-3) in the first-ever conference championship match Saturday at 2 p.m. The Beacons advanced by eliminating third-seeded Massachusetts Dartmouth 12-10 Thursday. Plymouth State drops to 7-7.
The win for Eastern was the 24th straight on its home field and seventh straight in conference competition. The Warriors won all six of their regular-season matches in the conference, including a 17-6 decision over Plymouth State here on April 14th.
Against Plymouth State on Thursday, 11 different players contributed a goal or assist, led by senior midfielder Jeff Reinhart (Londonderry, N.H.), who had three goals and three assists to break the program's season record of 71 points. Reinhart now has 76 points (42 goals, 34 assists) this year and 118 goals and 68 assists in his career.
First-year junior attack Travis Monroe (Norwalk, Conn.) tied his game-high with four goals and finished with a career-high five points.
Panther junior goalie Jon Clark (Yarmouth, Maine) turned in another fine outing, making 17 saves as PSC was outshot 61-25. The outcome likely marks the end of outstanding careers for PSC senior attackmen Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, Conn.) and J.P. Sallese (Beverly, Mass.). Martocchio, who is ranked 12th nationally in goals, scored all three of his team's goals and now has with 54 this season and 250 in his four-year career. He owns school records for goals in a game (11), season (86) and career, and points in a season (100), and he ranks second on the career points list (283). Sallese, who is fifth in the nation this season in assists and 16th in points, picked up one assist Thursday and is the team's leading scorer (28 goals, 48 assists, 76 points). He holds the Panther single-season assist mark (54), and ranks third on both the PSC career assists (142) and career points (230) lists.
(Courtesy ECSU Sports Information)