Panthers drop second straight to Warriors
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University limited sixth-seeded Plymouth State University to one goal through the first 51 minutes Tuesday evening en route to a 12-5 victory in the first round of the Little East Conference men's lacrosse tournament at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
With its fourth straight win , Eastern (11-5) advances to face second-seeded and host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (13-3) Thursday at 6 p.m. in the playoff semifinals. In the other semifinal round match Thursday, top-seeded Keene State College (12-2) will host No. 4 Western Connecticut State University (10-6) at 3:30 p.m. Western advanced with a 10-3 win over visiting No. 5 seed University of Southern Maine Tuesday night. The winners will move on to the championship match Saturday at the highest remaining seed. Plymouth State concludes its season at 7-8.
Senior Grant Albertson (New Canaan, Conn.), who did not play Saturday in Eastern’s 13-9 victory at Plymouth State in the regular-season finale, helped the Warriors score the first six goals Tuesday. Albertson scored four of his career-tying -high five goals in the first 19 minutes.
Eastern nearly doubled PSU’s shot total through the first three quarters and led 12-1 before the visitors scored all four of the game’s goals in the fourth quarter.
Senior All-America Eric Vasil (Southington, Conn.) and sophomore Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock, Conn.) combined to win all 20 of the game’s face-offs against five different Plymouth opponents. The national leader in faceoff percentage and ground balls per game, Vasil picked up ground balls on all 13 of his faceoff wins, while Dubinsky was 6-for-6 with three ground balls.
With a career-tying four assists, Eastern junior attack Mike Sullinger (Brookfield) upped his team-leading season total to 26 while Albertson took over the club lead in goals with 33. In two matches this year against Plymouth, Vasil is 35-for-39 on face-offs with 35 ground balls.
Junior attack Teddy Akrivlellis (Dover, Mass.) scored twice for Plymouth and senior midfielder Drew Kirwin (Bow, N.H.) had two assists.
(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)
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