PLYMOUTH, N.H. – It was Senior Day at Panther Field but sophomore Teddy Akriviellis (Dover, Mass.) provided the highlights with career-highs with five goals and seven points Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University powered past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 15-4, in a key Little East Conference men’s lacrosse game.
The Panthers also got three goals and an assist from senior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) and two goals and three assists from junior Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.). Senior Brett Zebrowski (Bayville, N.Y.) added a pair of goals as PSU won its fourth game in a row to even its overall mark at 6-6. Plymouth State is now tied for third in the LEC with Salem State and Western Connecticut, all with 3-2 conference records.
Junior Stephen Espinola (Groton, Mass.) tallied three of the four UMD goals but the Corsairs dropped their second straight to fall to 6-8 overall and 2-3 in LEC play.
PSU also got strong games from junior goalie Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) and senior middie Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.). Hayes made 14 saves before coming out of the came with five minutes remaining and Engel won 13-of-17 face-offs and picked up a team-high nine ground balls.
The Corsairs actually jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Espinola scored twice in the first four minutes of the game. Akriviellis evened the score with two goals over the next eight minutes for PSU, and Eriksen followed with a pair to put the Panthers ahead after one period, 4-2.
Zebrowski and Giroux opened the second period scoring for PSU before Espinola answered with his third of the game and 19th of the season, but Akriviellis scored two more goals before halftime to give the home team an 8-3 advantage at the break.
Junior Josh Arsenault (Revere, Mass.) scored the first goal of the second half for UMD, but that ended up as the last goal for the Corsairs. PSU pulled away with five unanswered goal in the third period and the only two of the final stanza.
Plymouth State finished with a 51-33 advantage in shots, and a 49-35 margin in ground balls. The Panthers also won 14 of the 22 face-offs.
Both teams play important LEC games again on Tuesday, Plymouth State visiting rival Keene State and UMD traveling to Salem State.
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