Panthers wind up regular season tied for third in LEC
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth outscored visiting Plymouth State University 8-2 in the final 22:12 Saturday afternoon and went on to defeat the Panthers, 11-6, in the Little East Conference men's lacrosse regular season finale at Cressy Field.
UMD improved to 10-4 overall and 4-3 in the Little East, while PSU dropped to 8-4 and 4-3 in LEC play. The teams finished the season tied for third place in the LEC, but the Corsairs earned the third seed in the upcoming tournament by virtue of their win against the Panthers.
Trailing 4-3 midway through the third quarter, the Corsairs got the tying goal from junior Todd Davis (East Sandwich, Mass.) with 7:21 remaining in the quarter. Junior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) and Davis each added goals before time expired in the third to give the Corsairs a lead they would not relinquish, and UMD outscored PSU in the fourth quarter, 5-2, to seal the verdict.
UMD got goals from sophomore Dennis Healy (Hanover, Mass.) and juniors Dan Dawley (Revere, Mass.) and Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) to take a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter. But PSU got scores from senior Mike Ventura (Columbia, N.J.) and sophomore Aaron Boss (Keene, N.H.) to cut the lead to 3-2 at halftime. The Panthers then went ahead in the third quarter on goals by sophomore Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) and junior Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) to take a 4-3 lead before Davis' score started the Corsairs' comeback.
Healy led UMD with three goals, while junior Justin Lawless (Quincy, Mass.) and Davis each scored twice. Annunciata scored twice to lead the Panthers.
The Corsairs outshot the Panthers, 43-28, and had a 35-25 edge in ground balls. Junior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) and PSU freshman Bobby Noonan (Guilford, Conn.) each made 12 saves.
Both teams will host first-round action when the Little East Tournament begins on Tuesday. PSU will entertain UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth will host either Southern Maine or Western Connecticut.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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