Sorrentino, Pichel help Panthers remain undefeated in Little East
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Sophomore Nicco Sorrentino (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored three goals and added three assists and junior Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) added three goals and one assist Saturday evening to lead Plymouth State University to a 12-8 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in Little East Conference men's lacrosse action at the New Hampton School field.
The Panthers extended their winning streak to a school-record 10 games in a row, improving to 11-1 overall this spring and 5-0 in the Little East. The Beacons drop to 4-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
PSU is tied for first place with Keene State with a week to play in the regular season, both teams at 5-0. The Panthers and defending champion Owls square off Tuesday in Keene at 5:00 p.m.
Plymouth State had a balanced scoring attack as seniors Mike Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.), C.J. Frates (Merrimack, N.H.) and Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) tallied two goals apiece, with Trocchi adding two assists and Morello one helper. Pichel also led the team by causing five turnovers.
Junior Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.) led the visitors with three goals while senior Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) and junior Noah Ellis (Hingham, Mass.) tallied two each. Senior Dom Fichera (Scituate, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and an assist.
PSU took control of the game from the first period on, as the Panthers outscored the Beacons 5-0 in the opening 15 minutes. Sorrentino had a goal and three assists in the opening frame, twice setting up Morello. The Panthers extended the lead in the second period with the first three goals to open up an 8-0 margin. Weiss finally put UMB on the board with five minutes remaining in the quarter but Frates and Sorrentino added another goal each to put PSU up 10-1 at the break.
Ellis and Fichera opened the third-quarter scoring with goals for UMB before Pichel answered for the Panthers with 11:25 on the clock. Neither team scored the rest of the period, leaving PSU with an 11-3 lead after three. The Beacons showed signs of life in the fourth quarter, outscoring PSU 5-1, but time ran out on the Beacons' comeback.
Senior goalie Chris St. George (Marblehead, Mass.) made seven saves in 55 minutes of work to each the win. Junior Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) had a busy day in the Beacons goal and finished with 19 saves.
UMass Boston returns home to host the University of Southern Maine at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
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