NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team scored five consecutive goals within a span of six and a half minutes midway through the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 10-8, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field.
The Panthers, who trailed 7-5 after junior Andrew Foster (Newbury, Mass.) scored for UMD 14 seconds into the fourth quarter, got goals from five different players to take a 10-7 lead with 4:47 remaining. Senior Conor McCullough (Dover, N.H.) put the Panthers ahead when he scored with 7:04 remaining, and sophomore Jesse Holland (Winchester, Mass.) and junior Tim Hadley (New London, N.H.) scored to make it 10-7. Junior Mike Lee (Foxboro, Mass.) scored for the Corsairs to make it 10-8, but UMD could come no closer.
UMass Dartmouth took an early lead, with freshman Terence Dineen (Falmouth, Mass.) and seniors Jason Febo (Canton, Mass.) and Bobby Young (Billerica, Mass.) scoring to give the Corsairs a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.
Plymouth State responded with four consecutive goals, scoring thrice within 56 seconds to take a 4-3 advantage on a goal by junior Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) with 6:48 left in the first half. The Corsairs scored the final three goals of the first half as senior Matt Leary (Framingham, Mass.) scored a man-up goal at 1:51 and Foster added a pair in the final 1:02 to give UMD a 6-5 halftime lead.
Neither team was able to score in the third period, setting up the Panther comeback in the final frame. It is the third time this month that a big fourth quarter has sealed a victory for PSU.
PSU out shot UMD, 38-33. Corsair freshman goaltender Kevin Pelsinski (Merrimack, N.H.) and PSU sophomore goalie Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) each made 13 saves.
The Panthers (5-6, 3-2 Little East) returns home to host rival Keene State Tuesday at Panther Field (4:00 p.m.), while the Corsairs (5-7, 2-3 Little East) are back in action Tuesday when they host Salem State.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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