Eriksen posts career-high seven points for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) recorded a career-high seven points Monday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a decisive 15-5 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in a Little East Conference men’s lacrosse contest at Panther Field.
Eriksen finished with three goals and four assists on the afternoon; he tallied all three goals and three assists in the first half alone, helping PSU to a 12-1 advantage at the intermission. Eriksen is PSU’s leading active scorer with 86 goals and 45 assists.
PSU improves to 7-5 overall and moves into a four-way tie for second place in the Little East with a 3-2 mark. UMB drops to 5-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
Freshman Zach Frank (Wakefield, Mass.) also contributed three goals and an assist to the Panther attack. Sophomore Shawn McEvoy (Spring, Texas) scored two goals and seven others tallied one goal each. The Panthers also got strong performances from sophomore Devon Smith (Plattekill, N.Y.) and senior Justin Dube (Buzzards Bay, Mass.), who picked up eight ground balls apiece, and Smith won 17-of-22 face-offs.
UMB got two goals from freshman Tommy Petitti (Quincy, Mass.) and once apiece from junior Rob Uhrig (Boston, Mass.) and freshmen Dean Driscoll (Cohasset, Mass.) and John Perro (Northbridge, Mass.). Sophomore Andrew Sutton (Norfolk, Mass.) collected six ground balls and freshman Patrick McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) picked up five.
After the teams traded goals in the opening five minutes of the game, PSU rattled off four unanswered goals to finish the first period with a 5-1 advantage. The home team continues its strong play, tallying all seven goals of the second frame for a 12-1 margin at halftime. UMB came alive in the third period with three unanswered goals, but PSU put the game away with the first three goals of the four quarter.
Both teams play conference games on Wednesday as PSU travels to rival Keene State College and UMB hosts the University of Southern Maine.
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