WORCESTER, Mass. - Plymouth State University overcame a slow start Tuesday night, outscoring Clark University 9-3 in the middle two quarters en route to a 12-8 victory over the Cougars in a non-conference men's lacrosse game at Granger Field.
PSU trailed 3-1 after one quarter, but came back to score the only three goals of the second frame to take a 4-3 lead at halftime. The Panthers outscored Clark 6-3 in the third quarter to go ahead 10-6, and the teams traded two goals each in the final stanza for the 12-8 final Plymouth State won its second in a row and upped its record to 2-3, while Clark had its two-game win streak stopped and fell to 2-7.
Senior Dan Maiorana (Walpole, Mass.) led the Panthers with three goals, while juniors Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) and Derick Smith (New London, N.H./Kearsarge) added two goals each. Junior Brett Zebrowski (Bayville, N.Y.) scored once and picked up a team-high six ground balls.
Senior Shawn Roche (Centerport, N.Y.) was the game's high scorer, tallying five goals and two assists for the Cougars. Freshman Chris Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) added two goals and two assists for Clark in the setback, and sophomore Tim Roche (Centerport, N.Y.) collected a game-high eight ground balls.
The Panthers return to Little East Conference action this Saturday with a key match-up at defending regular season champion Eastern Connecticut State University (1:00 p.m.) Clark plays a Pilgrim League game Saturday at Springfield (3:00 p.m.)
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