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Eastern Conn. too much for PSC

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Fifteen different players contributed to the scoring as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team won its 28th straight match at Thomas Nevers Field -- an 18-4 Little East Conference win over Plymouth State College Saturday.

Ranked fifth in New England, Eastern (8-2, 4-0) scored the first seven goals of the match and led 13-2 at halftime. The Warriors held Plymouth (4-5, 2-2) without a goal in two of four periods. The Warriors have not lost at Nevers field since a 10-9 overtime decision to Trinity College April 28, 1998. Eastern is 45-2 in seven years of play on the field.

Seniors Christopher Strycharz (Westfield, Mass.) and Kirk Belanger (Londonderry, N.H.) each contributed four points in the final regular-season home matches of their careers. Strycharz had three goals and an assist, Belanger two goals and two assists. In their final regular-season home matches, seniors Kevin Ireland (Norwalk, Conn.) and Michael Grabski (Somers, Conn.) had two goals and one goal, respectively.

Freshman Steve Skinner (Hingham, Mass.) and senior Nolan Fredericks (Temple, N.H.) put PSC on the scoreboard with second-quarter goals, and freshman Pat O'Malley (South Windsor, Conn.) and junior Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, N.H.) rounded out the scoring with four-quarter scores. PSC goalie Dan Egan (Cambridge, Mass.) made 16 saves as ECSU outshot the Panthers, 54-19.

It's Eastern's eighth straight win over Plymouth State, including an 18-3 decision over the Panthers in the semfinals of last year's conference playoffs.

Plymouth State looks to get back on the winning track Thursday evening with a home game against Granite State rival New England College (6:00 p.m.).

(Courtesy ECSU Sports Information)