Panthers nip Huskies to remain undefeated in Little East
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 2:45 to play as the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 8-7, in Little East Conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the ninth straight for the Panthers, and improved their record to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in LEC play. The Huskies dropped their second straight to slide to 6-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Morello's unassisted marker gave the Panthers a two-goal advantage (8-6) with less than three minutes to play in regulation. Off the ensuing faceoff, USM sophomore Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine) scooped up the ground ball and fired a shot into the top right corner to pull the Huskies back within one with 2:31 to play.
Southern Maine had a shot at a tying goal, but PSU senior goalie Chris St. George (Marblehead, Mass.) made the save and the Panthers were able to clear the ball and run out the clock.
Morello was the lone Panther to score multiple goals netting two. St. George finished the game stopping 12 shots to earn his 10th win of the season. Junior Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) and sophomore Adam Haversat (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) shared the team-lead with five ground balls.
For the Huskies, Wing, junior Adam Watts (Westbrook, Maine), and sophomore Tyler Jamison (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) had two goals apiece. Watts and Wing also had an assist. Wing and freshman Sam Hornblower (Portland, Maine/Deering) each had four ground balls.
Freshmen Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) and John Bossi (Billerica, Mass.) split time in the Husky cage. Bessette recorded nine saves while Bossi stopped seven shots.
Morello opened the scoring with a man-up goal with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Senior Burleigh Desjardins (Brunswick, Maine) notched the equalizer with just over a minute to play in the quarter.
Wing scored the only goal of the second quarter snapping home a pass from Watts midway through the period.
Watts gave the home side a two-goal cushion 45 seconds into the third quarter. Pichel and sophomore Nicco Sorrentino (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored goals for the Panthers 3:11 apart to tie the game. Jamison's first goal came with 2:21 left in the quarter to give the Huskies their last lead of the day. Senior Aaron Boss (Keene, N.H.) tallied 38 seconds later for PSU to send the game into the final quarter tied 4-4.
Senior Mike Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.) and sophomore Pete Allen (Newbury, N.H./Kearsarge) tallied markers for the Panthers in the opening three minutes of the fourth quarter to give PSU a 6-4 lead. Jamison and Watts scored 46 seconds apart for the Huskies to tie the game with 8:59 to play.
Senior C.J. Frates (Merrimack, N.H.) snapped the tie with his 10th goal of the season with 6:46 left on the clock setting the stage for Morello.
Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) hosting Keene State College for a Little East game. Plymouth State hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston under the lights at New Hampton (N.H.) School on Saturday (6:30 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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