PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University scored the first seven goals of the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon, turning a one-goal game into a runaway as the Panthers went on to defeat Salem State College, 13-5, in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse game at Panther Field.
The Panthers won for the fourth time in their last five outings, evening their overall record at 4-4 and improving to 2-1 in the LEC. Salem State dropped its third in a row and dipped to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Sophomore Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) led the Panthers with four points on a goal and three assists. Junior Adam Rothbart (Portland, Maine) topped the team with three goals, all coming in the fourth quarter, while junior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) contributed two goals and an assist. Giroux leads the team with 14 goals on the season. Classmates Brett Zebrowski (Bayville, N.Y.) and Tim Hadley (New London, N.H./Kearsarge) chipped in with two goals each.
Senior Robert Mulroy (Swampscott, Mass.) was the high-scorer for the Vikings with a goal and two assists. Junior Justin Jones (Danvers, Mass.) scored twice for the visitors, and junior Jonathan Falls (Seekonk, Mass.) and freshman Ryan Gendreau (Danvers, Mass.) added one apiece. Junior Mike Carpenito (Leominster, Mass.) collected a game-high eight ground balls.
It was a 1-1 game after one quarter, as Mulroy and Eriksen traded goals late in the period. The Panthers rattled off four unanswered goals in the second quarter, and Gendreau scored for the Vikings as time was winding down to make it a 5-2 Panther lead at halftime.
Falls and Jones scored the only two goals of the third quarter to pull the Vikings to within one goal, but PSU put the game away with its second straight dominant fourth quarter. The Panthers outscored Castleton 7-1 in Tuesday's fourth period to secure a 12-3 victory.
Sophomore Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) turned in another strong effort in the Panther goal, making 14 saves, while Salem State sophomore Brendan Gill (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished with 12 saves in the Vikings' cage.
PSU plays another key LEC contest Tuesday at the University of Southern Maine (4:00 p.m.), while Salem State returns home to host Western Connecticut in a Little East encounter at Alumni Field (7:00 p.m.).
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