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Strong second half leads PSU Men’s Lacrosse past UMB

            BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman attackman Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) netted three goals Saturday afternoon, including the game-winner, to lead the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 8-5, at the Clark Athletic Center Field.

            Plymouth State netted the last seven goals of the match, including three in a span of 33 seconds in the opening minute of the second half to knot the contest at 5-5, while holding UMass Boston scoreless for the final 36:17 of play.

            Sophomore midfielder Steven Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) scored just 14 seconds into the third quarter to cut the Panther deficit to 5-3, and sophomore middie Tim Hadley (New London, N.H.) won the ensuing face-off and went straight for the goal to score just 11 seconds later to pull the visitors to within 5-4.  Eriksen took advantage of the Beacons being down two men and tied the match at 5-5 just 22 seconds later with his first goal of the afternoon.  Eriksen made the most of another extra-man opportunity when he found the back of the net at 12:28 of the third quarter and scored again with a man-advantage with 8:23 left in the contest to give Plymouth State a 7-5 margin.  Sophomore attackman Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, NH) capped the scoring just 52 seconds later.

            UMass Boston controlled the first half as sophomore Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, N.J.) put the Beacons on the board early before Giroux tied the score at 1-1 with three minutes left in the opening quarter.  Sophomore Johnny Ruiz (Longmeadow, Mass.) found the back of the net to give UMass Boston a 2-1 edge after one period.

            Junior middie Bobby Cusack (Braintree, Mass.) increased the UMB lead to 3-1 with a man-down goal at 13:05 of the second quarter and Ruiz struck for his second tally just 37 seconds later to make it 4-1 in favor of the home squad.  Freshman attackman John Canty (Milton, Mass.) ripped home the Beacons' fifth goal of the day with 6:17 to go in the first half to give them a commanding 5-1 lead, before Plymouth State turned the tide.  Senior Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) netted the lone goal for the Panthers in the second quarter to make it 5-2 at the intermission.

            Sophomore goalie Aaron Pollock (Belmont, Mass.) stopped 17 shots for UMass Boston, while freshman Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) came up with 18 saves to earn the victory for PSU.

            Krinsky assisted on three goals to give him a game-high four points on the day and added three ground balls for the Panthers.

            Both teams are now 1-3 in conference play, PSU improving to 6-4 overall and UMB dropping to 2-7.  Both teams also return to action on Thursday, the Panthers visiting the University of Southern Maine for an LEC match-up (4:00 p.m.) and the Beacons hosting Wentworth Institute of Technology in a non-conference encounter at 3:00 p.m. 

(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information) 

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