Waterbury posts four-point game for Panthers in setback
HENNICKER, N.H. – Junior Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) scored three goals and added an assist but New England College topped Plymouth State University, 13-5, in a non-conference men's lacrosse game under the lights at Melander Field on Tuesday night.
With the setback the Panthers fall to 4-6, while NEC has won nine straight games to improve to 9-4.
The Pilgrims went ahead four minutes into the game when senior Matt Richard (Weare, N.H.) scored his 22nd goal of the season. NEC doubled its lead with a tally from sophomore Jacob Blanchette (Weare, N.H.) with 6:31 left in the first quarter, but Waterbury countered with his first goal of the night just 17 seconds later. Freshman Charles Hacking (Canterbury, N.H.) scored the first of his four goals in the game with 2:12 left in the frame to give the hosts a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Freshman Patrick Storie (Williamstown, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals to open the second quarter as NEC went ahead 5-1. The teams traded goals over the final nine minutes of the half, with Waterbury scoring twice and junior Casey Elkins (Stow, Mass.) adding a goal of his own as the Panthers went into halftime facing a 7-4 deficit.
Hacking and Storie were responsible for the only scoring in the third quarter as New England College built a five-goal lead.
Sophomore Griffin Jacobson (Windham, Maine) found the back of the cage to start the fourth quarter, pulling PSU to within 9-5, but NEC put the game away with four straight markers, two apiece by Storie and Hacking, to earn the win.
Waterbury's four points matched his season high, while Jacobson's score gave him a goal in five straight games. Senior Kyle Stockman (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) won 14-of-22 face offs and grabbed a game-high seven ground balls and junior Sam McCoy (Marriottsville, Md.) led the Panthers with three caused turnovers.
Storie's six goals and seven points were both career highs and Hacking finished with four goals and an assist on the night.
The Panthers outshot NEC by a 41-34 margin, but junior goalie William Platt (San Francisco, Calif.) made 13 saves to earn the win for the Pilgrims, moving to 7-4 on the year. Junior Zel Kerkel (Loudon, N.H.) finished with nine stops for PSU as he slipped to 4-6.
Plymouth State will return to Little East Conference (LEC) play on Saturday (Apr. 14), when the Panthers travel to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a 12:00 p.m. contest.
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