Panthers lock up second seed for tourney behind Burns' six points
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Jake Burns (Salem, N.H.) matched a career-high with four goals and added a pair of assists to help guide Plymouth State University to a 12-8 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's lacrosse game at Cressy Field on Saturday morning.
With the win Plymouth State secures the second seed and a first round bye for next week's LEC Tournament held at top-seeded Keene State. The second place regular season finish matches the best in program history, last achieved in 2015.
With the win PSU improves to 7-6 and 6-1 in the Little East. The six conference wins are the most in program history. UMass Dartmouth falls to 7-9 and 4-4 in conference play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 12, UMass Dartmouth 8
Plymouth State (7-6, 6-1 LEC)
UMass Dartmouth (7-9, 4-4 LEC)
How it Happened:
* The hosts opened the scoring after two minutes of action, but junior Chuck Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) evened the score after a feed from Burns two minutes later.
* UMass Dartmouth scored again to take a 2-1 lead, but the Panthers tallied four straight goals to close the quarter.
* Burns had three straight in a span of just over four minutes, while sophomore Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) notched the first of his three goals as the Panthers went into the second quarter with a 5-2 lead.
* Scoring slowed in the second quarter as each team had a goal. Senior Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) made it 6-2 midway through the frame, before a late Corsairs' goal cut the lead to 6-3 at the half.
* The hosts attempted to rally in the third quarter. A goal in the first five minutes of the stanza cut the lead to 6-4 and a second tally with 1:31 remaining made it a one-goal game. Delea answered nice seconds later and completed the hat trick in the final seconds to restore the three-goal margin (8-5) heading into the fourth.
* The Panthers put the game out of reach with four straight goals. Harrington and seniors Casey Elkins (Stow, Mass.) and Paul Luongo (Northborough, Mass.) each scored before Burns tallied his fourth of the game with 6:35 left to play.
* The hosts closed the game with three straight, but the margin was too big to overcome.
Inside the Numbers:
* Burns' six points were a career-best.
* Delea finished with three goals and an assist and has nine straight multiple goal games.
* Harrington (two goals), Luongo (one goal, three assists), Elkins (one goal, two assists) and Waterbury (one goal, one assist) also had multi-point games for the Panthers.
* Sophomore Robert Porter (Groveland, Mass.) improved to 6-2 on the year after making 19 saves.
* Harrington led the Panthers with nine ground balls, while Delea, Burns and senior Sam McCoy (Dewey Beach, Del.) all had eight. Harrington added a game-high five caused turnovers.
* PSU closes out the regular season with a noon LEC clash at Eastern Connecticut on Sunday (Apr. 28).
* UMass Dartmouth will play a first round game on Tuesday (Apr. 30), though the opponent and location are not yet determined.
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