Jacobson, Delea lead Panthers' offense
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Griffin Jacobson (Windham, Maine) and freshman Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) each scored two goals, but the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team fell to the University of Southern Maine, 13-8, in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest at Hannaford Field on Tuesday.
Plymouth State falls to 6-9 and 3-3 in conference play, while Southern Maine (7-7, 4-2 LEC) has won three-of-four contests.
The Panthers got on the board first when Jacobson netted his 22nd goal of the season with 11:16 left in the first quarter. Sophomore attacker Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) tallied a pair of goals 21 seconds apart to give the Huskies the lead with nine minutes remaining in the quarter. USM would score three more goals to hold a 5-1 lead at the end of the first.
Plymouth State rallied in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered goals to tie the game at five-apiece. In addition to Jacobson's second goal of the game with just under ten minutes remaining in the half, the Panthers received goals from senior Drew Lederer (Jefferson, Mass.), junior Ryan Croatti (Brunswick, Maine) and sophomore Thomas Kelly (Chantilly, Va.).
The Huskies came out quickly to start the third quarter when freshman Steve Gilbert (Litchfield, Maine) scored 36 seconds into the second half. USM would take control of the game late in the third when Dundas scored his fourth goal of the game at the buzzer on a pass from junior Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass.).
Delea scored with just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter to close the deficit to 10-8, but that was as close as PSU would get.
Jacobson led the Panthers with his team-high four points. Junior goalie Zel Kerkel (Loudon, N.H.) saved 11 of the 24 shots he faced but fell to 6-9 on the season.
Dundas led all scorers with a game-high five goals and one assist to lead the Huskies to the win. Senior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine) improved to 7-7 on the season after stopping 12 of the 20 shots he faced.
Both teams finished with 41 shots in the game, and they split the face offs down the middle with each side winning 12. The Panthers held a slight advantage on ground balls 36-33 for the game.
Plymouth State returns home for the regular season finale on Friday (Apr. 27), when the Panthers will host the University of Massachusetts Boston on Senior Day at 4:00 p.m.
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