ST. DAVID'S, Pa. - The Eastern University men's lacrosse scored six straight first-half goals Monday afternoon and then held off Plymouth State University in the second half for a 7-5 home win.
Nick Mandia led the way for the Eagles with two goals and four assists. Zach Rivest made 14 saves to preserve the win. Eastern, playing its fourth game in eight days, picked up its first win of the season (1-6).
Sophomore Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) led the Panthers with a pair of goals, while senior Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) contributed a goal and two assists. PSU dropped to 1-1 this season.
Freshman Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) gave the Panthers an early 1-0 lead, but Eastern closed out the first period with three unanswered goals. The Eagles tacked on three more consecutive goals in the second period and maintained a 6-1 advantage at halftime.
Plymouth State regrouped at the break and came out strong in the third quarter, outshooting the home team 12-1 in the period. The Panthers scored the only two goals in the third, one each from Engel and Krinsky. The damage could have been far worse had it not been for several standout saves from Rivest who made five total saves in the period.
Engel added his second goal early in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 6-4. Ben O'Donnell tallied an insurance goal for Eastern with 6:43 remaining, and a goal by PSU sophomore transfer Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) proved too little, too late.
Freshmen goalies Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) and Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) split time in goal for the visitors.
PSU continues its Spring Break journey this Thursday with a non-conference game at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, N.J. (3:00 p.m.) The Eagles return to action next Wednesday with an important home PAC game against Centenary College.
(Courtesy of Eastern Sports Information)
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