DUDLEY, Mass. - The Plymouth State University defense held Nichols College scoreless in the second half of their men's lacrosse game Thursday evening, limiting the Bison to just six second-half shots, and the Panthers ended up with an 8-4 non-conference victory over the Bison at Vendetti Field.
Junior Tony Aguiar (Northborough, Mass.) and freshman Wes Downing (Glastonbury, Conn.) each tallied two goals for the Panthers. PSU won its second straight to move back over the .500 mark at 6-5, while Nichols suffered its sixth loss in a row and dropped to 2-9.
Senior Mark Buckley (Weymouth, Mass.) got Nichols off to a strong start, scoring a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. Senior Tim Clark (Woburn, Mass.) gave the Bison a 3-0 lead when he found the back of the net off a pass from Buckley with 3:32 left in the first quarter.
Plymouth State scored four straight goals spanning just over five minutes, Downing and junior John Cogswell (Jefferson, Mass.) late in the first quarter and junior Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Dan Maiorana (Walpole, Mass.) early in the second, to grab a 4-3 lead. Clark registered his second goal of the game for Nichols with 9:42 left but the Panthers quickly countered just 30 seconds later with Aguiar's first goal to end the half with a 5-4 lead.
Goals by Downing and freshman Tim Hadley (New London, N.H.), each coming early in the third and fourth quarters respectively, and Aguiar's second goal early in the fourth, proved to be the only scoring of the second half. The stingy Panther defense was led by seniors Tim Butler (Concord, Mass.) and Tim Vasconcellos (West Falmouth, Mass.) and junior Kyle Shea (Wrentham, Mass.).
Senior Steve Valeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) and senior Nick Grobe (Winchester, Mass.) split time in net for the Panthers. Valeri recorded eight saves in the first half while Grobe stopped all five shots he faced in the second half. Junior Chris Keating (Waltham, Mass.) posted 21 saves for Nichols.
After all the weather troubles this spring, PSU finally plays its first home games of the season this weekend with a pair of key Little East Conference contests. The Panthers, 1-3 in conference play, will host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (1-3) on Saturday and the University of Southern Maine (0-4) on Sunday at Panther Field, both games at 1:00 p.m. Saturday will be the annual Senior Day.
(Courtesy of Nichols Sports Information)
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