Second-half outburst lifts Panthers in LEC opener
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Plymouth State University outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 5-1 in the second half Saturday morning at the New Hampton School to pull out a 7-5 victory over the Corsairs in the first Little East Conference men's lacrosse game of the season.
PSU's five goals in the second half came from five different players. Senior Pete Allen (Newbury, N.H.) and sophomore Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) finished the game with two goals apiece to lead the Panthers, while seniors Mac Tetreault (New Durham, N.H.) and Alex Croatti (Brunswick, Maine) chipped in with a goal and an assist each.
PSU senior goalie Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) made seven of his 10 saves in the second half. The Panthers move to 4-4 overall this season and 1-0 in the Little East, while UMD slips to 1-7 and 0-2.
NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse
At The New Hampton School (Kennedy Field), New Hampton, N.H. – Saturday, April 8, 2017
Plymouth State 7, UMass Dartmouth 5
Records: PSU 4-4 (1-0 LEC); UMD 1-7 (0-2 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
* The Corsairs led 2-1 after one quarter and 4-2 at the half. Junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) and senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) helped put UMD up after one, and junior DJ Miller (Ashland, Mass.) and freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) added a pair in the second quarter to lead to the halftime lead.
* The Panthers regrouped at the break and scored the only three goals of the third quarter to take their first lead. Croatti found the net just a minute and a half into the quarter, and Allen and senior Nicco Sorrentino (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored about two minutes apart later in the frame to put PSU up 5-4 after three.
* Torres tied the game for UMD with 7:38 remaining in the game, but Tetreault answered for PSU with the eventual game-winner just 20 seconds later. Waterbury tacked on an insurance goal with less than a minute to play.
* UMD had more shots (28-22) and picked up more ground balls (34-24).
* Senior Adam Haversat (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was a force on defense for PSU with five caused turnovers and four ground balls.
* Junior defenders Jack O'Brien (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Joe Mariano (Southborough, Mass.) collected five ground ball apiece, and Mariano caused three turnovers.
* Senior Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) made seven saves in the UMD goal.
* Both teams will be right back in action Monday evening with make-up games. PSU faces Salem State University in an LEC game that has been moved to Salem State at 7:00 p.m. UMD plays a non-conference home game vs. Becker College at 6:00 p.m.
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