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PSU Men’s Lacrosse falls to UNE in season opener

PSU Men’s Lacrosse falls to UNE in season opener

Annunciata scores five goals to lead Panthers

            BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of New England Nor'easters scored six times in the third period to erase a 6-3 halftime deficit on their way to an 11-9 men's lacrosse win over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game played at the Big Blue Turf.

            After dropping its first two decisions of the season, UNE has won two straight to even its record at 2-2. The contest was the first of the season for the Panthers (0-1).

            Senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) and freshman Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) scored three goals apiece to lead the UNE attack. Junior Geoff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) and sophomore Sam Cloutier (Lewiston, Maine) each added a pair of markers. Wolfe and Bruno also contributed a pair of assists.

            Senior Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) tallied a match-high five goals for Plymouth State. Four other players registered a goal apiece for the Panthers, led by senior Zach Frank (Wakefield, Mass.) who had a goal and three assists.

            Annunciata was the story in the early going, as he notched three goals in the opening period to put the visitors on top, 3-0. Freshman Nick Pino (North Andover, Mass.) would find the back of the cage less than a minute into the second frame to give Plymouth State a 4-0 advantage, but Big Blue finally got its offense in gear, getting consecutive goals from Wolfe and one by Bruno to pull within one (4-3).

            Frank and Annunciata helped the visitors regain the momentum, closing the scoring for the half and giving the Panthers a 6-3 lead heading into intermission.

            The third period was all UNE. Auger and Cloutier each had a pair of goals in the decisive frame, with the Nor'easters scoring three man-up goals over the 15 minutes. Big Blue pushed its to 11-6 with two quick goals in the final period before Plymouth State tallied three times in the final 6:42 to make things interesting.

            Senior Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) was 10-for-16 in the face-off circle and won nine ground balls for the Nor'easters, who led in both shots (46-35) and ground balls (41-29). Junior Andrew Kelly (Sudbury, Mass.) contributed four caused turnovers and four ground balls, while first-year goalkeeper Joe Medel (Chesapeake, Va.) earned his first collegiate win with 10 saves.

            Senior Scott Giusti (West Newton, Mass.) and freshman Brandon Lee (Canton, Mich.) combined to win 12 of 21 draws for the Panthers. Senior goalie Jesse Kutz (Hopkinton, Mass.) stopped 14 shots.

            The Nor'easters open Commonwealth Coast Conference play Wednesday (March 12) when they head to Beverly, Mass. to take on nationally-ranked Endicott College at 4 p.m.

            Plymouth State returns to action Tuesday (March 11) with a 3:30 p.m. road game with Lasell College. 

(Courtesy of Univ. of New England Sports Information)

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