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April 28, 2003

Panthers fall to UMD

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Junior Joe Mirisola (Ashland, Mass.) and freshman Ryan Leary (Framingham, Mass.) scored four goals apiece Monday afternoon, leading the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 16-7 men's lacrosse victory over Plymouth State College in the Little East Conference regular season finale for both schools.

The Corsairs conclude the campaign at 7-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play, while PSC wraps up the regular season at 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the LEC. The LEC Tournament begins Tuesday (Apr. 29) with third-seeded UMD hosting sixth-seeded Southern Maine, and fourth-seeded UMass Boston hosting fifth-seeded Plymouth State.

The top two seeds, Eastern Connecticut and Keene State, receive first-round byes on Tuesday. The tournament semifinals are slated for Thursday at ECSU and KSC, with the highest remaining seed hosting the championship game Saturday afternoon.

PSC needed a win at UMD on Monday to secure home-field advantage in Tuesday's first round, but it was not to be. The Corsairs led 3-2 after one period and held a 6-2 margin at halftime. It was still a 9-6 game after three quarters, but the Corsairs pulled away in the final frame, outscoring the visitors 7-1 in the final 15 minutes.

In addition to Mirisola and Leary, the Corsairs got three goals from freshman Brian Pabis (Wilbraham, Mass.) and one apiece from Jeff Long (Marlboro, Mass.), John King (Ashland, Mass.), Pat Boyle (Dartmouth, Mass.), Jeff Boudreau (Newton, Mass.) and Jeff Collela (Newton, Mass.).

Senior Jason Biedrzycki (Amherst, N.H.) led the Panthers scorers with three goals, while freshman Jon Gagnon (New Bedford, Mass.), playing near his hometown, added a goal and two assists. Senior Ken McGuire (Wayland, Mass.), junior Sam Harding (South Berwick, Maine) and freshman Bobby Dabrieo (Woburn, Mass.) collected one goal apiece for the Panthers.

PSC freshman Mike Rodrick (Plaistow, N.H.) was solid I goal, registering 12 saves, while UMD's Mike Jenkins turned away 18 PSC shots.

The Panthers' LEC playoff game Tuesday at UMB is a rematch of a contest played 10 days ago in Plymouth, when the Beacons overcame a 10-7 fourth-quarter deficit to pull out an 11-10 overtime decision. The winner of Tuesday's game will advance on to face defending champion Eastern Connecticut in a semifinal game on Thursday.

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