Panthers extend winning streak to three
BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Nick Morello scored four goals and added an assist while sophomore Chris Annunciata finished with three goals and two assists Thursday afternoon helping pace the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team to a 12-7 win over Wentworth in a non-conference contest on Sweeney Field.
The Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in a span of 2:32 and never looked back as Morello scored the game's first two markers and Annunciata and junior Shawn McEvoy had a goal apiece. Annunicata and Morello also each had an assist in the opening run. The Leopards got on the board when junior Mark Pappas found sophomore Steve Glover with 4:04 left but PSU scored the game's next two goals and led, 6-1, after one.
Plymouth State upped its lead to 7-1 midway through the second quarter on a goal from sophomore Brett Miller before Wentworth got goals from freshman Michael Cushera and sophomore Jeff Guilherme to make it a 7-3 game. A McEvoy goal with 33 seconds left upped the lead to 8-3 but Pappas ended the half with a goal with one tenth of a second left in the stanza.
The Panthers did all the scoring in the third quarter with Annunciata and Morello each scoring twice and junior Ty Long adding a pair of assists. Trailing 12-4 entering the final 15:00 of play, the Black & Gold scored the quarter's only goals as sophomore Chris Kipp scored twice and Pappas added his second of the game.
The Panthers had a 43-26 edge in shots and a 46-35 edge in ground balls. Wentworth held a 12-10 advantage at the face-off X with freshman Kyle Lagarto winning 7-of-11 draws.
Senior Jack Tyo made eight saves in 51:55 of work before being replaced by sophomore Jesse Kutz, who made one save over the final 8:05. Junior Jared Proulx made 12 stops in 45:00 of work before giving way to sophomore Jeff Bathalon, who made six saves in the fourth quarter.
Winners of three straight, Plymouth State (3-1) plays again Tuesday at Saint Joseph's College (Maine). Wentworth, which dropped its third straight to fall to 1-3, opens Commonwealth Coast Conference play on Wednesday night against the University of New England.
(Courtesy of Wentworth Sports Information)
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