PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University outscored the University of Southern Maine 7-1 in the second quarter Sunday afternoon, and the Panthers went on to record their fourth straight victory, an 11-4 decision over the Huskies in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse game at Panther Field.
The Panther defense continued its strong play, holding USM to just one goal in each quarter and a total of 21 shots. PSU has held each of its last four opponents to five goals or fewer, and a total of 16. The Panthers improve to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the Little East, while USM drops to 3-8 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Plymouth State maintained possession much of the first quarter and held a 3-1 lead. The Panthers tallied the first two markers of the second quarter, and after a USM strike, went into the break with five unanswered goals and a 10-2 advantage. The Huskies couldn't mount a challenge in the second half.
Junior Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) led the Panthers with three goals and one assist, while freshman Wes Downing (Glastonbury, Conn.) contributed two goals and an assist. Freshman Alex Blanco (Stratford, Conn.) helped out with three assists.
Freshman Dan Jackson (Orlando, Fla.) led the visitors with a pair of goals. Sophomore goaltender James Suriyodorn (Deer Park, N.Y.) had a busy day in goal and finished with 13 saves.
Plymouth State dominated USM in the ground balls department by a count of 41-14, including a 24-6 margin the first half. Freshman Tim Hadley (New London, N.H.) picked up six to lead the Panthers, while sophomore Conor McCullough (Durham, N.H.) collected four.
Seniors Steve Valeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Nick Grobe (Winchester, Mass.) split time in the Panther goal, Valeri making four saves and Grobe five.
PSU wraps up the regular season on Wednesday at Panther Field with a non-conference game against Lasell College (4:00 p.m.) USM returns home to host Elms College in a non-conference match-up on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) before wrapping up the regular season Saturday at home against Keene State (1:00 p.m.)
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