PSU Men’s Lacrosse hangs on against UMass Dartmouth

PSU Men’s Lacrosse hangs on against UMass Dartmouth

Lederer, Jacobson combine for seven goals as Panthers remain unbeaten in LEC

            DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Drew Lederer (Jefferson, Mass.) and sophomore Griffin Jacobson (Windham, Maine) combined to score seven goals and junior Zel Kerkel (Loudon, N.H.) made a career-high 21 saves as Plymouth State University snuck past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 10-9, in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's lacrosse game at Cressy Field on Saturday afternoon.

            Lederer finished with a career-high four goals, while Jacobson notched his second hat trick of the season to keep PSU unbeaten in LEC play. With the win the Panthers improve to 5-6 overall and 3-0 in league play, while UMD falls to 6-7 and 1-2 in conference action.

            Jacobson scored twice in the opening quarter, sandwiched around a goal from UMD sophomore Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) to give Plymouth State a 2-1 lead with four minutes left in the quarter. Sophomore Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) tallied a pair of goals just 1:02 apart to put the Corsairs in front, 3-2, at the end of the first.

            Rizzo recorded his second of the game to increase the hosts' lead to 4-2 in the first four minutes of the second quarter. Lederer answered with his first of the game with six minutes to play to cut the deficit to just a single goal, 4-3, but UMass Dartmouth ended the half with a pair of unanswered goals to take a 6-3 advantage into halftime.

            The game turned in the second half. PSU scored the next seven goals to take the lead for good. Junior Casey Elkins (Stow, Mass.) and Jacobson scored goals 40 seconds apart to cut the Corsairs' lead to 6-5, and Lederer put the Panthers in front with his second and third goals of the day.

            Freshman Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) and Lederer both added tallies in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter as Plymouth extended its lead to 9-6. Junior Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) capped the 7-0 run with a man-up goal with 12 minutes to play.

            The Corsairs didn't go down without a fight, rallying behind Prozinski. The 6-0 attacker assisted on a score by senior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) with 8:37 remaining, scored his fourth goal of the game four minutes later, then assisted on Rizzo's third of the day to pull UMD to within 10-9 with 3:41 to play, but Kerkel made a pair of saves in the final minutes to preserve the win.

            Delea was the third Panther with a multi-point game, finishing with a goal and two assists while adding a team-high five ground balls. Kerkel was outstanding in net, posting a career-best 21 saves and a 70.0% save percentage to earn the win and go to 5-6 on the year. Junior Sam McCoy (Marriottsville, Md.) chipped in with four ground balls. Senior Kyle Stockman (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) controlled the face-off circle for PSU, winning 14-of-22.

            Prozinski led the Corsairs with four goals, two assists and seven ground balls, while Rizzo added a hat trick and a helper. Torres chipped in with two goals. Senior Kyle Taylor (Raynham, Mass.) made four saves before giving way to sophomore Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.). Taylor took the loss, dropping to 2-3, while McCaffery made seven saves in relief.

            UMass Dartmouth owned a 41-32 edge in shots and held a slight 32-31 advantage in ground balls.

            Plymouth State travels to Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Monday (Apr. 16) for a non-conference game. The Panthers return home for a huge LEC contest on Wednesday (Apr. 18), when they host Keene State College, the only other unbeaten team in league play. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.



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