Team effort leads Panthers to third straight win
PORTLAND, Maine – Junior Mike Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.) led a balanced scoring attack Wednesday afternoon with two goals and four assists as Plymouth State University toppled Saint Joseph's College, 16-2, in a non-conference men's lacrosse contest at Deering Memorial Stadium.
Trocchi, who also collected four ground balls, was one of 11 Panthers who scored goals in the game. Senior Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) potted a game-high three goals with four ground balls while junior Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) added two scores and an assist and senior Zach Frank (Wakefield, Mass.) netted two markers for the visitors.
Defensive standouts for the Panthers included sophomore Ryan Garland (Franklin, Mass.) and freshman Adam Haversat (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), who picked up a team-high seven ground balls each. Haversat also posted a team-high three caused turnovers. Senior Scott Giusti (West Newton, Mass.) won eight of 11 face-offs.
The two teams traded goals in the first four minutes of the game before PSU rattled off five unanswered strikes, including three straight by Annunciata, to take a 6-1 lead. The Monks answered with a goal in the final minute of the quarter to pull to within 6-2 after one.
Junior Andy Ripley (South Paris, Maine) and sophomore Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals for PSU midway through the second frame, and the Panthers took an 8-2 lead into the intermission. The second half was all PSU as the visitors outscored the home team 4-0 in each quarter to coast to the win.
Junior goalie Ethan Rettew (Ephrata, Pa.) made a career-high 17 saves for Saint Joseph's in the losing effort as PSU had a 45-11 advantage in shots.
Plymouth State goalkeepers Jesse Kutz (Hopkinton, Mass.), Christopher St. George (Marblehead, Mass.) and Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) shared time in goal and combined to make seven saves on the afternoon.
Saint Joseph's will host conference-rival Daniel Webster College at 1:30 PM on Saturday while Plymouth State opens Little East Conference play with a home contest versus Western Connecticut at 12:00 PM on Sunday at the New Hampton School.
(With Contributions from Saint Joseph's Sports Information)
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