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April 20, 2013

PSU Men’s Lacrosse rolls past Western Conn.

Morello leads Panthers to conference road victory

            DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) scored four goals and juniors Brett Miller (Windham, N.H.) and Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) added three goals apiece Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Western Connecticut State University, 17-10, in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse game at the Westside Athletic Complex.

            Freshman Nate Wilson (Norwich, Conn.) scored the game's first goal for Western, but PSU tallied the next four to pull ahead, 4-1.  The home team scored again to pull to with a goal, but the Panthers rattled off six in a row to take a 10-2 lead into halftime. Morello scored the final two goals of the first quarter to start the Panther rally.

            Western Conn. outscored PSU 5-3 in the third quarter and junior Ryan Foster (Ledyard, Conn.) and Wilson tallied the first two goals of the fourth to pull the Colonials to within four goals, 13-9, with just under 12 minutes remaining.  Plymouth State would not be denied, as senior Mike Ventura (Columbia, N.J.) and Annunciata combined to score four straight goals and the Panthers went on to the 17-10 win.

            Plymouth State held a 53-32 advantage in shots for the game and a 50-35 edge in ground balls.  Junior Jesse Kutz (Hopkinton, Mass.) made 11 saves to earn the victory for PSU, while Western goalie Kevin Seery (East Lyme, Conn.) finished with 18 saves.

            Junior Scott Giusti (West Newton, Mass.) continued his strong play on face-offs for PSU, winning 12-of-13, while senior Devon Smith (Plattekill, N.Y.) captured 10-of-16.

            PSU, 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the Little East, plays rival Keene State College on Wednesday in a key conference game; KSC leads the league standings and PSU is tied for second with Eastern Connecticut.  Western, 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference, hosts in-state and LEC rival Eastern Connecticut Tuesday evening at the WAC.

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