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PSU Men’s Lacrosse comes back to defeat NEC

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) scored a pair of goals 23 seconds apart late in the fourth quarter Thursday afternoon to lift Plymouth State University to an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over New England College in a non-conference men's lacrosse game at Panther Field.  It was PSU's first home game of the season after 13 games on the road.

            It was a tight game the entire 60 minutes.  NEC jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one period, and it was a 4-3 Pilgrim advantage at halftime.  PSU scored in the opening seconds of the third quarter to tie the game at 4-4, and it was 5-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

            The Pilgrims pulled ahead with six minutes remaining in the game on a goal by senior Carlos Gutierrez (Guaynabo, P.R.), but senior John Cogswell (Jefferson, Mass.) answered for the Panthers a minute later to deadlock the score at 6-6.  NEC regained the lead again on a goal by senior Cory Love (Rochester, N.Y.) with 4:44 remaining, but Engel tied it with his first of the game with 3:22 on the clock, and added the eventual game-winner with 2:59 to play.

            Cogswell finished with a goal and two assists two lead the home team.  Engel and senior Tony Aguiar (Northborough, Mass.) scored two goals apiece, and senior Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.), sophomore Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) and freshman Sam Waszekelewicz (Glastonbury, Conn.) added one goal each.

            Sophomore Matt Vozzolo (Somers, Conn.) led the Pilgrims with three goals, Love added two, and senior Dillon Lantz (Woodstock, Vt.) added a goal and two assists.

            Plymouth State finished with a 46-30 advantage in shots.  Panther freshman Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) made nine saves to earn the win, while NEC freshman Nick Acquaviva (Syracuse, N.Y.) finished with 18 saves.

            PSU, 9-5 overall, wraps up the regular season Saturday on Senior Day at Panther Field with a 2:00 p.m. non-conference encounter against Wentworth.  NEC, 4-10, concludes its regular season Saturday with a Commonwealth Coast Conference game at Salve Regina (1:00 p.m.)             

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