Delea, Jacobson lead Panthers to non-conference win
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Freshman Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Griffin Jacobson (Windham, Maine) combined for six goals and two assists to lead Plymouth State University to a 10-9 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the wind and rain during a non-conference men's lacrosse game at Clean Harbors Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Delea led the Panthers with four goals, while Jacobson finished with two goals and two assists. Plymouth State outscored the Buccaneers 4-0 in the second quarter and led 9-5 with a minute to play in the third quarter before the home team chipped away. MMA cut the deficit to one, 10-9, with a man-up goal with 2:17 remaining and had multiple shots in the final minute, but junior goalie Zel Kerkel (Loudon, N.H.) was able to preserve the win.
The Buccaneers got on the board midway through the first quarter, but junior Sam McCoy (Marriottsville, Md.) countered for Plymouth State 90 seconds later. Jacobson's first goal came with two minutes left in the opening quarter to put the Panthers in front, 2-1, but a goal from sophomore Benjamin Avakian (Bourne, Mass.) with just six seconds remaining evened the score at the end of the first quarter.
Delea took over in the second quarter as Plymouth State pulled away. He scored off an assist from junior Sean Peet (Glen Cove, N.Y.) in a man-up situation five minutes in to give the Panthers the lead, then added an unassisted goal in another man-up situation just over a minute later. Junior Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) got into the action, finding the back of the cage with sophomore Thomas Kelly (Chantilly, Va.) registering the assist, and Delea's third tally of the quarter, in yet another man-up situation, gave the visitors a 6-2 lead at the half.
The teams traded goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter before Delea's fourth goal of the game and 17th of the season made it 8-3. Mass. Maritime scored twice in a six second span to cut the deficit to 8-5, but Kelly tallied his eighth goal of the year to make it a 9-5 game with just over seven minutes left in the quarter. Sophomore Franklin Ragge (Scituate, Mass.) scored in the final minute for the Buccaneers to make it a three-goal deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
MMA pulled to within two, 9-7, with a goal in the first 30 seconds of the final quarter. Jacobson restored the three-goal lead with his 19th goal of the year with ten minutes to play. Ragge fired in his third goal of the game to make it 10-8 with 7:41 to play, and added a man-up goal with 2:17 remaining to pull the home team within one. The Buccaneers got possession with 1:26 on the clock and fired six shots in the final 72 seconds, but Kerkel was up to the challenge as the Panthers held on for the win.
Kerkel finished with eight saves to even his record at 6-6. McCoy and senior Kyle Stockman (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) each finished with six ground balls to lead the Panthers. Stockman won 13-of-22 face offs.
Junior Michael Dolan (McLean, Va.) took the loss to drop to 5-4 for the Buccaneers. He made four saves in the first half before giving way to sophomore Matthew Pierson (Longmeadow, Mass.) in the second half. Ragge finished with four goals, while freshman Trey Guerrini (Foxborough, Mass.) added two goals and two assists in the loss.
PSU is back in action on Thursday (Apr. 19) when the Panthers host Keene State College for a key Little East Conference game. The two teams are currently tied atop the conference with matching 3-0 records. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.
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