Ventura leads Panthers to fifth straight win
WORCESTER, Mass. – Plymouth State University got a game-high five goals from junior Mike Ventura Wednesday evening and the visiting Panthers won their sixth straight contest with a 16-12 win over host Clark University in non-league men's lacrosse action at rainy Granger Field.
Plymouth State (6-1) scored five straight goals and six of seven spanning the first and second quarters, erasing an early deficit and turning it into a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
After the Panthers opened the contest with a goal less than a minute in from Ty Long, Clark answered back with an unassisted tally from Jonah Bass. Ross Murphy got in on the act for the Panthers but another quick answer from the Cougars evened the score midway through the first. Phil Winslow gave Clark its first lead at 3-2 and he then set up Nick Figliola moments later to push the Cougar advantage to two goals.
PSU then embarked on its game-changing goal spree, which also coincided with a heavy rainstorm that lasted the entire second quarter. The Panthers got goals from Long, Ventura (2), Chris Moloney, Andrew Finocchio and Zach Frank to make the score 8-5.
Clark finally responded when Johnson scored a pair more, inching the Cougars to within 8-7 midway through the frame. Freshman Nick Morello and Ventura put points on the board and Clark added another before the half to make the score 10-8 at intermission.
Morello opened the second half with a tally and the Cougars got to within one after back-to-back goals from Winslow and Bass made it, 11-10.
A Shawn McEvoy score sent the Panthers into the fourth ahead by two and they immediately added to their advantage with another Ventura goal moments into the period. Every time Clark got within two, the Panthers responded and with the game 14-12 with less than five minutes to play, Plymouth State put the game out of reach with empty net tallies from Morello and Ventura.
Clark will look to return to the win column on Saturday when it hosts Massachusetts Maritime, while the Panthers put the winning streak on the line Saturday as well with a Little East Conference match-up at Salem State.
(Courtesy of Clark Sports Information)
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