Fourth-quarter rally by Panthers sends game into extra session
HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College attack Sean Largay scored the game-winning goal just 20 seconds into overtime Friday afternoon, lifting the Pilgrims past the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers, 11-10, in men's lacrosse action.
The Pilgrims improve to 1-5 overall, while the loss drops the Panthers to 1-4 on the season.
Largay led the way for NEC notching a game-high six goals. Matt Richard scored a goal and picked up an assist, while Skyler Saunders dished out two assists. Long stick midfielder Connor Fries led the Pilgrims with six ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Conor Seavey and James Carlson each scooped up four ground balls.
Junior Colin Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.) led the way for the Panthers finishing with two goals and an assist. Senior Bobby Savoia (Plymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H.) each scored twice, while senior Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) netted a goal and had an assist. Junior midfielder Adam Haversat (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) picked up a game-high eight ground balls, while PSU dominated the face-offs, with sophomore Kyle Stockman (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) finishing 10-of-13 and junior Brandon Lee (Canton, Mich.) 10-of-12 at the face-off position.
The Pilgrims struck first scoring at the 9:23 mark in the first quarter but the lead would not last long as the Panthers netted the next four goals to lead 4-1 early in the second. NEC would explode for five unanswered second quarter goals, including three by Largay, to give the Pilgrims a 6-4 halftime lead.
The two teams battled closely through much of the third and fourth quarters, and the Pilgrims led 10-7 with 4:46 to play. PSU cut the lead to 10-9 with 2:50 on the clock on goals by Savoia and sophomore Cam Cormier (Auburn, Maine), and junior Mac Tetreault (New Durham, N.H.) came through with his fifth goal of the season and first of the game with just 38 ticks on the clock, sending the game into overtime knotted at 10-10.
The Pilgrims won the opening face off in overtime and after a Pilgrim timeout, NEC's Largay battled the defense one-on-one and take it to the net recording the game-winner just 20 seconds into extra time.
Picking up the win in goal for NEC was William Platt who finished the game with an impressive 16 saves. PSU junior Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) posted six saves in the loss.
New England College will return to action on Saturday when it opens North Atlantic Conference
(NAC) play at home, taking on University of Maine Farmington. Plymouth State will hit the field again on Wednesday, March 30 when the Panthers travel to non-conference opponent Clark University.
(Courtesy of New England College Sports Information)
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