Panthers' late rally falls short in LEC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – An early fourth quarter goal by Matthew Duggan (Weymouth, Mass.) would be the deciding tally Sunday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Boston held on to defeat Plymouth State University, 5-4, in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse game at the Holderness School field.
The Beacons improve to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the LEC, while PSU is now 2-6 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Duggan's game-winner came at the 12:39 mark of the final quarter, which gave the Beacons a 5-2 lead. The Panthers would cut the deficit down to one with more than seven minutes remaining as they recorded a pair of goals by senior Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) and sophomore Cam Cormier (Auburn, Maine), but UMB senior goalie Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) held strong to secure the win for the Beacons.
Both team's found the back of the net once in the first quarter, with junior Colin Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.) scoring the first goal of the game for PSU. Michael Kennedy (Hudson, Mass.) would then score back-to-back man-up goals to give UMass a 3-1 lead going into the halftime break.
Junior Adam Haversat (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) made it a one goal game for PSU just 3:01 into the third. Haversat would also finish the game with a team-high five ground balls and three caused turnovers. The score would remain 3-2 until Calvin Lee (Hopkinton, Mass.) was able to make it a two-score game with 11 seconds left in the third frame.
The early goal by Duggan proved to be the final marker for UMass, but it held strong for the remainder of the quarter, as the Beacons notched the huge conference win over their longtime rivals.
PSU junior netminder Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) had a solid game, finishing with 12 saves. On the day Frehill anchored the Beacons defense with his 11 saves, while Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) had the best game of his college career. The defenseman posted an impressive eight caused turnovers, and collected 10 ground balls in the conference win. Phil Truong (Quincy, Mass.) collected eight face-off wins, as he went 8-for-12.
PSU is back in action Wednesday with a non-conference game at Coast Guard (4:00 p.m.) while the Beacons will travel to Western Connecticut State University on Saturday for a 7 p.m. conference game.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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