Jacobson's hat trick leads Panthers in setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Griffin Jacobson (Windham, Maine) notched his third hat trick of the season, the second in the last three games, but the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team fell to Keene State College, 25-6, in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest at Currier Field on Thursday afternoon.
Jacobson has recorded at least one point in every game this season and has 10 over his last three games, but the powerful Owls' offense used a string of 10-straight goals between the second and third quarters to gain sole possession of first place in the LEC. Plymouth State (6-7, 3-1 LEC) falls into a tie for second in the league, while Keene improves to 7-4 and 4-0 in conference play.
Senior Paul Beling (Holliston, Mass.) put the visitors ahead, 1-0, with a goal in the opening minute, but Jacobson answered a minute later for the Panthers. Senior Jon Nassif (Hanover, Mass.) put the Owls ahead for good with a man-down goal with classmate Hunter Arnold (Boxborough, Mass.) recording the assist. The goal sparked a 4-0 spurt for the visitors, until Jacobson found the back of the cage for his second of the game with 2:45 left in the first quarter. Nassif added an unassisted goal with 90 seconds remaining as KSC took a 6-2 lead into the second quarter.
The Owls controlled the middle quarters, outscoring PSU by a 12-2 margin. Freshman Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) cut the margin to 8-3 with his 20th goal of the year, but KSC scored the final three goals of the second quarter and seven straight to open the third quarter to go ahead 18-3. Junior Ryan Croatti (Brunswick, Maine) stopped the run with a man-up goal with 13 seconds left in the third.
Jacobson and senior Drew Lederer (Jefferson, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter cut the deficit to 18-6, but Keene tallied the next seven scores to win its 44th straight LEC regular season game.
Sophomore Charlie Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) grabbed a game-high nine ground balls and forced five KSC turnovers. Delea added five ground balls and senior Kyle Stockman (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) finished with five ground balls while winning 18-of-34 face-offs. Junior Zel Kerkel (Loudon, N.H.) made eight saves but suffered the loss in goal to fall to 6-7 on the year. Freshman Robert Porter (Groveland, Mass.) also spent time in the cage for the Panthers.
Senior Mathew Howe (Bedford, N.H.) earned the win in goal for the Owls, making seven saves in 37:22. Arnold finished with a game-high five goals and two assists, with sophomore Dave Wiedenfeld (Londonderry, N.H.) adding three goals and five assists. Nassif and freshman Jordan Caito (Londonderry, N.H.) each chipped in with four goals and an assist.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season with three LEC contests in a seven day span. The Panthers travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (Apr. 21) and visit the University of Southern Maine next Tuesday (Apr. 24), before celebrating Senior Day on Friday (Apr. 27) against the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The Owls visit UMass Boston on Saturday (Apr. 21) for a 1:00 p.m. game.
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