Delea sets career-high with six goals in LEC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) continued his hot play with a career-high six goals to lead Plymouth State University in a 21-6 rout of the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's lacrosse game at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School on Wednesday night.
Plymouth State opened the game with six straight goals and opened up a 9-1 lead with ten minutes remaining in the first half. Southern Maine used a 3-0 spurt to cut the deficit to 9-4, but that was as close as the Huskies would get. PSU recorded the game's next nine scores as the lead ballooned to 18-4 late in the third quarter and the Panthers coasted to the win.
Plymouth State improves to 2-0 in LEC action and 3-4 overall, while the Huskies drop their third straight to dip to 3-5 and 0-2 in league action.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 21, Southern Maine 6
Plymouth State (3-4, 2-0 LEC)
Southern Maine (3-5, 0-2 LEC)
How it Happened:
* Sophomore Sam Danberg (Amesbury, Mass.) converted a feed from senior Jake Burns (Salem, N.H.) almost six minutes into play to open the scoring and senior Casey Elkins (Stow, Mass.) made it 2-0 a minute-and-a-half later.
* Delea picked up his first two goals of the game and senior Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) added a first quarter goal as PSU took a 5-0 lead into the second.
* Senior Paul Luongo (Northborough, Mass.) tallied the first of his four goals early in the second quarter before the Huskies got on the board when sophomore Steve Gilbert (Litchfield, Maine) found the back of the net.
* PSU scored the next three with goals from Elkins, Delea and junior Chuck Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) to extend the lead to 9-1.
* Southern Maine answered with a three-goal run of its own, including a pair from senior Jake Schoenberg (Topsham, Maine) to pull within 9-4, but the Panthers responded with three straight, including the first collegiate goal for freshman Riley Roy (Laconia, N.H.) to take a 12-4 lead into the break.
* The Panthers stormed out of the intermission with six more tallies to push the advantage to 18-4. Delea scored three times in the spurt, with Luongo, Burns and Waterbury also finding the back of the cage.
* Junior Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) stopped the run with his second of the game, but Luongo snuck a shot past the Huskies' goalie just before the quarter expired to make it 19-5 after three.
* Danberg tallied his second of the game five minutes into the fourth quarter, and sophomore Cameron Marco (Bath, Maine) followed with his first career goal to make it 21-5 and USM closed the scoring when senior Sam Hornblower (Portland, Maine) scored with 3:45 remaining.
Inside the Numbers:
* Delea has scored at least five goals in each of the last three games. During that three-game stretch he has 16 goals and three assists.
* Luongo finished with four goals, while Waterbury, Burns and Elkins all tallied two goals and an assist.
* Junior Trevor Gagnon (Pelham, N.H.) notched a game-high four assists for the Panthers.
* USM was led by Schoenberg (two goals, one assist) and Dundas (two goals).
* Sophomore Robert Porter (Groveland, Mass.) was strong between the pipes for PSU, improving to 2-0 after registering a career-high 12 saves in his first career start. Senior Patrick Griffin (Sandwich, Mass.) made three saves over the final 7:55.
* Sophomore Griffin Hanson (Dover, N.H.) turned aside nine shots in the first half for the Huskies but fell to 3-4, while freshman Alex Bonin (South Berwick, Maine) had seven stops over the final two quarters.
* PSU held a 53-40 advantage in shots and finished 4-of-6 in man-up opportunities.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Our first group of offensive guys played so well," said head coach Gordon Webb. "They were sharing the ball, moving the ball, we had a ton of assisted goals tonight and that just means that your offense is in sync. They were moving for each other, helping each other, it was great to see. I liked the way Robert [Porter] played. He made a ton of saves. I know he was excited, probably even a little nervous, but he just played really well."
* PSU is back in action next Wednesday (Apr. 10) with a non-conference clash against New England College at the New Hampton School at 7:00 p.m.
* The Huskies head to LEC rival WestConn on Saturday (Apr. 6) for a 1:00 p.m. contest.
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