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Defending LEC Men’s Lax Champs survive against Plymouth State

WILLIMANTIC, Conn.

- Senior Brian Hebron (Hicksville, N.Y.) broke Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse career records for assists and points Saturday afternoon as the Warriors posted a 9-3 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University at Thomas Nevers Field.

            The conference win is the 34th straight for the four-time defending regular-season and playoff champions, whose ball-control style this year contrasted the last two wins over Plymouth State by a combined score of 47-12. Eastern (5-3, 3-0 Little East) improved its all-time record on Nevers Field to 62-3. Idle for a week, Plymouth (2-5, 0-2) dropped its third straight match.

            Freshman Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) led the Panther offense with a goal and two assists.  Junior Matt Fontenault (North Kingstown, R.I.) and freshman Mike Russell (Concord, N.H.) also scored goals for the visitors.

            Hebron entered his 60th career game tied with John Rubano '00 with 100 career assists and three points shy of Eddie Sheehan's '00 record point total of 212. Hebron scored his first goal with 43 seconds left in the first half to give Eastern a 3-1 lead and broke the assist record with 8:17 left in the third quarter when he set up sophomore attack Chris Elrod (Riverside, Conn.) for  a goal that gave Eastern a 6-2 lead.  Hebron recorded his record-setting 213th point with an assist on a goal six minutes later by sophomore attack Dave Carpenter (Redding, Conn.).

            Hebron also scored the final goal of the match to give him three goals and two assists in the match and 112 goals (fifth all-time) and 102 assists for 214 points in his career.

            Eastern junior goalie Will Holland (Kent, Conn.) and PSU sophomore goalie Steve Valeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) each made 12 saves.  Freshman defenseman Jon Snedeker (Southington, Conn.) led Eastern to a 52-37 advantage in ground balls by recording 10.

            Eastern visits UMass Dartmouth Thursday at 4 p.m.  PSU plays its home opener Wednesday against Keene State at Panther Field (4:00 p.m.)

(Courtesy of ECSU Sports Information)

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