GORHAM, Maine - Sophomore Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H.) had three goals and a record-tying six assists Tuesday afternoon to lead the University of Southern Maine past Plymouth State University, 17-8, in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse game at Hodgdon Field.
The win was the Huskies' first in 10 games against the Panthers, and snapped a two-game losing streak. The Huskies improve to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The six wins is a single-season record for the program. The Panthers, who had a two-game winning streak halted, slip to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in LEC play.
Bryant scored all three of his goals in the first half to help USM build a 7-4 lead by halftime. His six assists, five coming in the second half, equaled the USM single-game record set by Nick Rich in 2002 and equaled last season by senior Preston Gilbert (Saco, Maine/Cheverus).
Sophomore Chris Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) and junior Josh Reinhold (Tampa, Fla.) also had three goals for USM. Freshmen Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bony Eagle) and Willie Joy (Portland, Maine/Deering) added two goals apiece. Senior goalie James Suriyodorn (Deer Park, N.Y.) recorded 12 saves.
Junior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H./Brewster Academy), sophomore Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) and senior Jordan Buzzell (Bath, Maine/Morse) led PSU with two goals apiece. Eriksen also had two assists. Senior Conor McCullough (Dover, N.H./Oyster River) contributed a goal and an assist. Goalies Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) and Jack Tyo (East Sandwich, Mass.) combined to make 11 saves for PSU.
Leading by two, 9-7, following a goal by PSU junior Adam Rothbart (Portland, Maine/Deering) with 59 seconds to play in the third quarter, the Huskies would score eight unanswered goals to pull away. Gassman scored twice before the third quarter ended, and tallied his third in the opening minute of the fourth to make it 12-7.
Southern Maine is back in action on Thursday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts Maine Maritime Academy. Plymouth State is at New England College on Thursday (4:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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