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PSU Men’s Lacrosse edges Salem State in overtime

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            SALEM, Mass. – Sophomore Teddy Akriviellis (Dover, Mass.) scored his second goal of the game 32 seconds into overtime Saturday evening as Plymouth State University held on for a thrilling 9-8 victory over Salem State College in a Little East Conference men’s lacrosse game at Alumni Field.

            Akriviellis’ goal capped a wild night that saw PSU race out to a 5-0 second-quarter advantage, only to see Salem State battle back and take a pair of fourth quarter leads.  The Panthers forced overtime with a game-tying goal with 10 seconds left in regulation and then won it in overtime. It was the second straight overtime victory for PSU, which defeated Lasell in an extra period in its last outing on Wednesday afternoon.

            Senior Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) opened the scoring for Plymouth State 46 seconds into the game, followed by junior Andrew Eriksen’s (Beverly, Mass.) first goal to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Akriviellis and  Eriksen added goals for PSU to increase the lead to 4-0 after one.

             The Panthers dominated play in the opening period outshooting Salem State 10-4. Junior Andrew Kirwin (Bow, N.H.) added the fifth unanswered goal at 12:42 of the second quarter to give the Panthers a commanding 5-0 lead.

            Salem State did not quit, however, and rallied with four straight goals to gain momentum and reduce the halftime deficit to just one goal at 5-4. Turning the tables, the Vikings fired off 12 shots to just six for Plymouth State in the second quarter. Justin Jones and Robert Mulroy scored for the Vikings before Jonathan Falls notched the first of his three goals to make the score 5-3. Matt Cordero on an assist from Falls cut the lead to 5-4 just before the half.

            Falls drew the Vikings to within 6-5 midway through the third period. The Vikings finally took the lead, 7-6, in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Johansmeyer tied the game again at 7-7 before Jones netted his second goal of the game at the 7:50 mark of the fourth period to give Salem State an 8-7 lead.

            It looked as if that goal would be the game-winner until freshman Mike Ventura (Columbia, N.J.) scored for Plymouth State with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra period.

            PSU junior Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) made seven saves to earn the win and Brendan Gill countered with 12 saves for the Vikings. Salem State dropped to 6-5 and 1-2 in conference, while Plymouth State improved to 4-6 and 1-2 in the Little East.

            Both teams play Little East Conference games on Tuesday, Plymouth State hosting Southern Maine at Panther Field (4:00 p.m.) and Salem State traveling Western Connecticut (7:00 p.m.) 

(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information) 

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