WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) scored three goals and junior Conor McCullough (Dover, N.H.) added a pair Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University defeated Clark University, 9-4, in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Granger Field.
The Panthers scored four unanswered goals to start the third quarter, breaking a 1-1 tie and taking the lead for good. PSU improves to 5-3 overall, while the Cougars drop to 3-7.
It was a tight defensive battle throughout the first half. After a scoreless first quarter, in which Clark outshot the visitors 12-5, the Cougars got on the board with just under nine minutes remaining in the half on a goal by junior Shawn Roche (Centerport, N.Y.) It took PSU only 14 seconds for McCullough to score tie the game for PSU, and that's the way the first half ended, deadlocked at 1-1.
Giroux, McCullough, freshman Teddy Akriviellis (Dover, Mass.) and junior Jordan Buzzell (Bath, Maine) all found the net in a four-minute span early in the third quarter, staking the Panthers to a 5-1 lead. Roche got one back for Clark with seven minutes to go in the third, but PSU got momentum heading into the final period when Giroux scored with just two seconds on the clock to make it 6-2.
Freshmen Sam Waszkelewicz (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) and Giroux added fourth quarter goals for the Panthers. Senior Dan Stern (Westport, Conn.) and sophomore Garrett McAdam (Portland, Maine) scored for the Cougars, but PSU prevented any comeback.
PSU finished with a 20-17 advantage in shots on goal, and a 41-38 margin in ground balls. Senior Mike Russell (Concord, N.H.) collected a team-high six ground balls for the Panthers, while Giroux picked up five. Freshman Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) earned the win in goal, making 13 saves.
The Panthers return to Little East Conference action on Thursday with a 4:00 p.m. contest at defending champion and pre-season favorite Keene State College.
(Courtesy of Clark Sports Information)
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