Panthers finishes regular season tied for third in Little East
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University rallied from a 5-1 deficit after one quarter and went on to a 15-7 win over Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference men's lacrosse regular season finale at Currier Field.
The Panthers outscored the visitors 6-1 in the second quarter, including three of his team-high four goals by junior Colin Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.), including a late score that gave PSU the 7-6 lead at halftime. PSU didn't let up in the second half, scoring four goals in each quarter and limiting the Colonials to just one goal.
PSU finishes the regular season at 5-9 overall and 4-3 in the Little East, finishing in a tie for third place. Western Conn. finishes its season at 2-13 overall and 1-6 in conference play. Plymouth State will learn its LEC Tournament seeding after the remaining conference games.
Claflin finished with four goals and one assist while senior Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) added three goals and a helper and juniors Mac Tetreault (New Durham) and Alex Croatti (Brunswick, Maine) and freshman Paul Luongo (Northborough, Mass.) chipped in with two goals each.
The game would start out in the Colonials' favor, and they used key saves by junior goalie Patrick Tynan (Somers, Conn.) to take the early lead. Western Connecticut finished the first quarter with a 5-1 lead, as leading scorer Nate Wilson (Norwich, Conn.) pumped in four goals, including two on man-up situations. Western would lead 6-2 early in the second quarter before the Panther offense emerged.
Goals by Pichel, Luongo and three by Claflin gave PSU a 7-6 lead at halftime, and goals by Pichel, Luongo, Calflfin and senior Cody Carlson (Simsbury, Conn.) to end the third quarter to give PSU a commanding 11-6 lead.
The fourth quarter saw more of the same, and Tynan would continue to come up with save after save, but the Panther offense was too much, and would carry PSU to a 15-7 win.
Junior Adam Haversat (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) would continue his dominance with ground balls as he would come up with nine for the game. PSU freshman Sam McCoy (Marriottsville, Md.) would collect seven ground balls of his own.
Wilson finished with four goals and an assist for Western, along with a team-high six ground balls.
Junior Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished the game with 10 saves, while Tynan would make 23 for Western Connecticut.
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