DANBURY, Conn. – Senior Adam Lanehart (Redding, Conn.) scored back-to-back goals early in the second quarter Saturday afternoon to lead the Western Connecticut State University men’s lacrosse team to an 8-4 victory over Plymouth State in the Little East Conference opener at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Lanehart finished with three goals for WestConn, while sophomore Sean Macey (New Fairfield, Conn.) scored twice. Freshman John Miller (Seattle, Wash.), sophomore Ryan Gillis (Norwich, Conn.), sophomore Mike Schoen (Tolland, Conn.) each scored one goal for the Colonials.
Junior Andrew Ericksen (Beverly, Mass.) led the PSU offense with two goals and an assist, while freshman Shawn McEvoy (Spring, Texas) added a goal and an assist and senior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) scored one goal.
Schoen got the Colonials on the board early in the first quarter with an unassisted goal. That score held up for nearly 10 minutes of play until Eriksen and McEvoy scored goals two minutes apart late in the first quarter to give the visitors their only lead of the day, 2-1. After a Plymouth State penalty, Macey took a pass from senior A.J. Barbieri (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) and found the back of the net for a 2-2 score at the end of one quarter.
The second frame was all WestConn. Lanehart’s goals gave the Colonials a 4-2 advantage five minutes into the second. Gillis scored an unassisted goal at the 6:55 mark, and the Colonials pushed their advantage to four goals 11 seconds later when Miller collected the ground ball off the face-off and raced in for another unassisted goal. Macey’s goal with just over one minute remaining gave WestConn a 7-2 lead at the intermission.
After out-shooting the Panthers 15-5 in the second quarter, WestConn managed only four shots in the third, while goalkeeper Tyler Martone (Cheshire, Conn.) turned away all 11 shots taken by Plymouth State. Lanehart’s third goal of the game at the 9:34 mark of the fourth quarter gave WestConn an 8-2 lead, and the Plymouth State scoring draught continued until Ericksen scored his second goal with under eight minutes to play. Martone and the WestConn defense held the Plymouth State offense scoreless for more than 40 minutes. Giroux scored the final Panther goal with six seconds remaining.
WestConn held a 42-35 advantage in shots, 21-16 in shots on goal. WestConn’s Eric Small (Glastonbury, Conn.) dominated play in the face-off circle winning 13 of 16. Martone finished with 12 saves in goal for WestConn to earn his third win of the season, while Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) made 13 saves for Plymouth State.
WestConn, 3-6 overall, returns to action next Saturday when it hosts LEC rival Southern Maine at 12 noon. PSU, 2-5 overall, plays its home opener on Sunday, Apr. 11, against conference foe Eastern Connecticut (12:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)
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