BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Teddy Akriviellis (Dover, Mass.) tallied a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists Saturday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University men’s lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 18-6, in the Little East Conference regular season finale at the Clark Athletic Center field.
The Panthers wind up the regular season at 7-7 overall and 4-3 in LEC play, clinching home-field advantage in the first round of next week’s conference tournament. PSU will host a first-round game on Tuesday, with the start time and opponent to be determined. The Beacons finish their season at 4-11 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
PSU opened the contest with three unanswered goals, courtesy of Akriviellis just 22 seconds into the game and senior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) and junior Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) over the next nine minutes. Senior Al Craven (Milton, Mass.) put UMass Boston on the board with 1:21 on the clock, but senior Tim Hadley (New London, N.H.) responded for the visitors just 17 seconds later for a 4-1 Panthers’ lead after one quarter.
Plymouth State struck early in the second quarter as well when senior Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) won the faceoff and scored on a helper from senior Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) just 33 seconds into the frame. Senior Brett Zebrowski (Bayville, N.Y.) and Akriviellis each followed with scores over the next three minutes to give the Panthers a 7-1 advantage. Senior Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, N.J.) interrupted the PSU scoring surge with a goal for the Beacons during a man-up situation, but Akriviellis closed out the quarter with a pair of goals to give the Panthers a 9-2 margin at the intermission.
The teams traded goals to begin the third quarter with freshman Ty Long (Dover, N.H.) scoring for PSU and sophomore Pat Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) netting his 40th goal of the season for UMB. The Panthers closed out the quarter with five consecutive goals for a 15-3 lead before coasting home the rest of the way.
Junior goalie Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) stopped eight of 11 shots through three quarters to earn the victory for PSU, while classmate Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore Jack Tyo (East Sandwich, Mass.) split time for the Panthers in the final quarter.
Eriksen finished with three goals and three assists fort PSU, while Giroux added two assists to his two goals. Engel was a perfect 12-12 on face-offs, coming up with 14 groundballs and chipping in with a goal and three assists.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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