BEVERLY, Mass. - Third-seeded Lasell College got 21 saves from senior goaltender Mark DeMieri (Seaford, N.Y.) and the Lasers knocked off second-seeded and defending champion Plymouth State University, 10-5, in the semifinals of the ECAC New England Men's Lacrosse Tournament.
Lasell led 4-0 after one period and had a 5-0 margin before PSU got on the board with six minutes to go in the first half. The Lasers extended their 6-1 halftime advantage to 8-1 early in the third quarter and maintained the lead the rest of the way. Lasell (10-6) will meet top-seeded Endicott College in Sunday's championship game; the Gulls blasted fourth-seeded Castleton State College in the first semifinal, 29-5.
Plymouth State wraps up the season with a 12-7 record, which ties for the program's mark for most wins in a season. It was PSU's third post-season berth in four years.
Sophomore Brandon Keith (Marston Mills, Mass.) led the way for the Lasers, scoring four goals and dishing out two assists. Junior Ryan Koerner (Floral Park, N.Y.) was also impressive in the upset win, scoring three times. A 5-0 lead proved to be enough for Lasell's DeMieri, as the senior was particularly strong in the second half with 13 of his 21 saves after the break.
Plymouth State was led by a pair of multiple goal scorers in sophomores Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) and Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.), as the duo each tallied two goals on the afternoon. Senior John Cogswell (Jefferson, Mass.) rounded out the goal scoring for PSU, and senior attackman Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.), who entered the game just one goal shy of 100 for his career, ended the day with four assists. Krinsky departs Plymouth State with 99 career goals and 121 assists, and his 220 points rank fourth on PSU's all-time scoring list.
Engel topped the Panthers with seven ground balls, while senior Mike Russell (Concord, N.H.) picked up six and junior Conor McCullough (Dover, N.H./Oyster River) collected five.
PSU freshman goalkeeper Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) finished off a strong rookie campaign, making 11 saves in Saturday's semifinal contest.
(Courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)
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