NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Plymouth State University defense held the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scoreless in 11 man-up situations Saturday afternoon, and the Panthers went on to defeat the Corsairs, 7-4, in Little East Conference men's lacrosse action.
The Panthers complete the regular season with a three-game winning streak, improving to 7-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play. PSU clinched the fourth seed and home-field advantage in the first round of the LEC Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, May 2. UMass Dartmouth drops to 4-10 overall and 1-4 in the LEC.
PSU scored twice in the closing minutes of the first quarter to take a 3-2 lead, and extended the margin to 5-3 at halftime. The teams traded goals in the third quarter, and the Panthers scored the only goal of the final frame to pull out the win.
Sophomore Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) led the Panthers with two goals and two assists, and senior Matt Fontenault (North Kingston, R.I.) also scored twice for the winners. Seniors Bobby Dabrieo (Woburn, Mass.) and Jon Gagnon (New Bedford, Mass.) contributed a goal and an assist apiece, and freshman Luke Metraw (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored once.
The Corsairs got two goals apiece from junior Mark Lapointe (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and sophomore Nate Kirby (Sandwich, Mass.)
Junior goaltender Steve Valeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) made 15 saves in 55 minutes for PSU, while junior Nick Grobe (Winchester, Mass.) made three stops in his five-minute stint. The Panthers also got outstanding performances from their starting defenders - juniors Tim Butler (Concord, Mass.) and Tim Vasconcellos (West Yarmouth, Mass.) and sophomore Kyle Shea (Wrentham, Mass.)
UMD wraps up its regular season next Saturday at Western Connecticut (12:00 p.m.) PSU will host the winner of that game at Panther Field in the opening round of the LEC Tournament on May 2.
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