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April 2, 2014

PSU Men’s Lacrosse nips Clark in overtime

Frank leads Panthers with five goals, including game-winner

            WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Zach Frank (Wakefield, Mass.) buried his fifth goal of the game 2:14 into overtime Wednesday evening and visiting Plymouth State University held off a furious Clark University comeback bid to escape with a 12-11 win over the Cougars in non-league men's lacrosse action at Granger Field.

            The Cougars scored four unanswered goals in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter to even the score at 11-11 and force overtime. Darius Jagminas (East Greenwich, R.I.) notched the tying goal with 3:32 remaining in regulation. Clark won the draw to open the extra session but turned the ball over before getting off a shot, and Frank scored the game-winner on PSU's first shot of overtime, off a pass from junior Andrew Finocchio (Wakefield, Mass.)

            The Panthers (4-1) have won four straight after a season opening loss and extend their winning streak over the Scarlet and White to three straight dating back to the 2012 season. The loss for Clark (4-4) is their second straight one-goal defeat.

            PSU wasted little time getting on the board as Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) scored just 21 seconds into the contest. Clark answered back when Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass.) notched an unassisted score with 2:29 left in the period. The Panthers moved ahead as time wound down in the first when Frank registered his first of the game.

            Sophomore Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) took a feed from Mike Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.) to give PSU a 3-1 lead early in the second. The Cougars knotted the game up with consecutive goals less than two minutes apart as Jagminas and John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.) each tallied markers. The teams traded two goals each over the next 10 minutes, and Andy Ripley (South Paris, Maine) put the Panthers ahead 6-5 going into halftime when he found the back of the net with help from Cody Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.).

            PSU outscored the hosts 3-1 in the third quarter to take a 9-6 lead, and Trocchi's unassisted marker to open the fourth quarter gave the Panthers a four-goal advantage. Jagminas and Frank each scored again to make it 11-7, and the Cougars tallied the next four to force overtime.

            Senior goalie Jesse Kutz (Hopkinton, Mass.) made 12 saves for Plymouth State, while Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) turned aside seven for the hosts. Ryan Marsh (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) was strong at the faceoff "X" for the Cougars, going 17-for-27.

            Plymouth State returns to action on Sunday with a Little East Conference home contest against UMass Dartmouth at The Holderness School, while the Cougars will look to snap their brief two-game slide on Monday night against Worcester-area rival, Anna Maria. 

(Courtesy of Clark Sports Information) 

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