Kerkel makes 11 saves, five different Panthers score in setback
MILTON, Mass. – Senior Zel Kerkel (Loudon, N.H.) stopped 11 shots and five different players scored goals, but Plymouth State University fell to Curry College, 13-5, in a non-conference men's lacrosse game at Walter M. Katz Field on Sunday.
PSU trailed 2-1 after the opening quarter, but the Colonels pushed the lead to 5-1 in the second quarter. The offense for both teams picked up after halftime, with PSU finding the back of the net four times, but the hosts would lead 11-5 after three before tacking on a pair of fourth quarter tallies to account for the final score.
Plymouth State drops to 1-2, while Curry evens its record at 3-3.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 5, Curry 13
Plymouth State (1-2)
How it Happened:
* Curry got on the board first with a goal 4:35 into play, but senior Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) evened things midway through the quarter with his third of the year after finishing a feed from senior Jake Burns (Salem, N.H.).
* The hosts went back in front three minutes later and held a 2-1 advantage at the end of the frame.
* Curry kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the second quarter while picking up three goals to extend the lead to 5-1 at the half.
* The Colonels scored twice early in the third quarter, but PSU responded as both senior Kyle Day (Hampton, N.H.) and sophomore Chase Mercier (Boscawen, N.H.) recorded unassisted goals to make it 7-3.
* Curry scored twice in a span of 67 seconds to push the lead to 9-3 and the teams traded goals over the next six minutes.
* The Colonels added a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
* Burns was the lone Panther with multiple points on his two assists.
* Mercier and Elkins are tied for the team lead with five goals apiece.
* Kerkel (1-2) made 11 stops for the Panthers, while his counterparts stopped 12 shots.
* The Panthers visit Wheaton College on Wednesday (Mar. 20) for a 4:00 p.m. game.
* Curry is also in action on Wednesday, as the Colonels travel to Clark University for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
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