HOLDERNESS, N.H. - Junior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) and sophomore Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) scored three goals each Tuesday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Castleton State College, 12-3, in non-conference men's lacrosse action at The Holderness School.
It was a low-scoring game for the first three quarters, with PSU holding a 4-2 lead late in the third frame. PSU senior Jordan Buzzell (Bath, Maine) scored as the buzzer sounded to end the third, and the Panthers rattled off seven unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter to put the game away. Ericksen and Giroux had two goals each in the final stanza to finish off the Panther rally.
PSU returns to the win column and improves to 3-4 overall. Castleton had its four-game winning streak stopped and fell to 5-4.
Junior Brett Zebrowski (Bayville, N.Y.) added two goals and one assist for the winners, while senior Conor McCullough (Dover, N.H./Oyster River) and juniors Tim Hadley (New London, N.H./Kearsarge) and Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, Mass./Mohawk Regional) scored once each. Ericksen also led the Panthers with five ground balls.
The Spartans got single goals from senior Jason Jakimer (Yorktown, N.Y.) and sophomores Craig MacDerment (Glenville, N.Y.) and Michael DelDotto (Reading, Mass.) Junior Jake Rick (Rochester, N.Y.) assisted on all three goals, and picked up a team-high five ground balls.
Plymouth State finished with a 39-19 advantage in shots, including 14-3 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Sophomore Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) made nine saves to earn his first victory of the season for PSU. Senior Michael Mamunes (Ellington, Conn.) made 14 saves in 56 minutes in the Castleton goal, and freshman David DeGhetto (Clifton, N.J.) stopped three shots in the final four minutes.
PSU will be back in action Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the season debut at Panther Field, a Little East Conference contest against Salem State College. Castleton plays a North Atlantic Conference game Thursday at Johnson State College (4:00 p.m.).
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