DANBURY, Conn. - Western Connecticut State University will face Plymouth State University for the 2008 Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the WestConn Athletic Complex. Admission to the Championship game is free to everyone.
The Colonials, the tournament's third seed, upset Keene State College, 14-13 in overtime in the semifinals on Thursday. The Panthers, seeded fifth, pulled an upset of their own, shocking top seed Eastern Connecticut State University, 11-10 in double overtime on Thursday.
Plymouth State edged #4 seed UMass Dartmouth, 8-7, in Tuesday's quarterfinal to get to its meeting with the Warriors. WestConn cruised to a 14-6 victory over sixth seed UMass Boston in the opening round on Tuesday.
This will be the Colonials, which began playing at the intercollegiate level in 2004, first appearance in the LEC Tournament Championship game. The Panthers, too, have not been to the title match. They are used to playing on the road this season with 16 of their 18 games being away from Plymouth, N.H.
WestConn's offense is led by the high-scoring trio of Adam Lanehart, Dennis Skarda and A. J. Barbieri. Lanehart leads the team with 52 goals and nine assists for 62 points. Skarda heads the team with 37 assists and has found the twine 11 times in his final season. Barbieri is second on the team with 34 markers.
Plmouth State's duo of Adam Krinsky and Brian Giroux have produced 57 goals in 2008. Krinsky needs two goals to surpass the 100-goal and 100-assist plateau for his career. He comes into Saturday's championship with 98 goals and 115 assist for 213 points while in a Panther uniform.
Defensively, Kyle Wood is the prime net minder for the Colonials. In nearly 936 minutes this season, he has made 184 saves and has an impressive 9.17 goals-against average. Billy Morgan has taken on the bulk of the minutes between the pipes for the Panthers. He has 176 saves and a 7.56 goals-against average in his first collegiate season.
The winner of Saturday's Championship earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships which begin on Wednesday, May 7.
DIRECTIONS TO WESTCONN ATHLETIC COMPLEX
From I-84 Westbound (New England, points east)
and From I-84 Eastbound (NY, NJ and points south and west)
-Take Exit 4
-Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Lake Avenue
-Stay straight to light in front of Super Stop & Shop Supermarket
-At that light, turn right onto University Blvd. and go to top of hill
Second Right Turn:
WestConn Athletic Complex on the right, parking on the left
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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