Panthers can't hold first-half lead, drop key LEC contest
BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts Boston used a six-goal third quarter to pick-up a crucial Little East Conference men's lacrosse win Saturday afternoon as the Beacons came from behind to defeat Plymouth State University, 11-7, at James Cotter Field.
The Panthers outscored the home team 3-0 in the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead at the break, and held a 5-4 advantage five minutes into the third quarter. But the host Beacons rattled off the next six goals over the next 12 minutes, and PSU couldn't recover.
PSU dropped its second in a row after winning the previous five, and is now 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference. UMB improves to 6-7 overall and also 3-2 in the Little East. The Panthers and Beacons are both part of a four-way tie for second place in the conference standings
NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse – Little East Conference
at James Cotter Field, Boston, Mass. – Saturday, April 22, 2017
UMass Boston 11, Plymouth State 7
Records: Plymouth State 7-6, 3-2 LEC; UMass Boston 6-7, 3-2 LEC
* The Beacons were led by the standout play of freshman goalie Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) and a career-high four goals from Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.)
* Surette on the day registered 10 stops, but it was momentum changing full field goal with just a second remaining in the third quarter that ultimately sealed the victory for UMB. After making his sixth save of the third quarter, Surette fired off what looked to be a long pass at first. However, the freshman had another idea in mind as he saw his Plymouth State counterpart leaving the net early as time was quickly counting down. The Melrose native launched the ball the full length of the field, where it landed perfectly under the cross bar. PSU goalie Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) tried to make the stop, as he was completely caught off-guard, but his last second attempt at a save was not enough as the ball just got over the line to send the Beacons and their fans into frenzy.
* In the fourth quarter, the Beacons defense carried the load as they forced eight Plymouth State turnovers. Coupled with three saves by Surette the Beacons held the Panthers to just two goals through the final 15 minutes of play.
* The Beacons came out firing in Saturday's meeting as they outscored their longtime rivals 3-1 through the first frame. Plymouth State did make things interesting in the second, as they tacked on three goals, while holding UMB scoreless before the half.
* However, everything changed in the third, when UMB unloaded a season-high six goals to take control of the huge LEC match-up. In the fourth, UMB dominated the play, and with an early goal by Clay Arnold had all the insurance they needed to secure the win.
* Junior Kyle Stockman (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) finished 11-for-21 on the face-off for PSU and posted a game-best nine ground balls. Senior Nicco Sorrentino (Chelmsford, Mass.) tallied two goals and two assists, while classmate Mac Tetreault (New Durham, N.H.) matched his teammate with four points of his own (1g, 3a).
* Mass Boston has now won two straight over the Panthers for the first time since winning four straight from 2005-07. The Beacons earned their first home win against Plymouth State since their 9-8 OT win in the 2007 Little East Tournament
* Both teams play LEC games on Tuesday as PSU hosts the University of Southern Maine at 4 p.m. and the Beacons travel to Salem State University for a 7 p.m. game.
(Contributions from UMass Boston Sports Information)
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