March 30, 2013

Lacrosse Falls to Plymouth State in Conference Opener

HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Junior Zach Frank recorded a game-high seven points with two goals and five assists Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team defeated lacrosse, 15-4, in the Little East Conference opener for both schools in a game played at The Holderness School turf field.

With Saturday's loss the Beacons dropped their fifth straight game and fell to 2-7 overall, 0-1 in the LEC.  Plymouth State improved their record to 4-1, 1-0 in the conference.

Junior Pete McNichols (Norwalk, Conn.) led the Beacons attack, which has struggled as of late, with three goals.  Sophomore Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) collected two assists, while John Powers notched one helper.  Also finding the back of the cage for the Beacons was Dom Fichera midway through the first quarter.

Frank led a balanced Panther attack, as 10 different players got into the scoring act. Brett Miller tallied a team-high three goals and added an assist, with all three goals coming in the first half.  Sophomore C.J. Frates and senior Ty Long chipped in with two goals apiece for the Panthers.

It was a 2-2 game midway through the first quarter when Miller and Frank each scored for PSU in the final two minutes of the frame to put the home team ahead, 4-2, after 15 minutes. The Panthers out-scored the Beacons 6-1 in the second quarter, opening up a 10-3 halftime margin.  Six different players scored PSU's six second-quarter goals.

Plymouth State put the game away in the third quarter with four unanswered goals, and the teams traded scores 37 seconds apart midway through the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.

PSU finished with a 51-24 advantage in shots, and a 33-22 margin in ground balls.  The Panthers also won 16-of-22 face-offs, with senior Devon Smith winning 9-of-11 and junior Scott Giusti taking 7-of-11.

Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.) and Parker Barrell (Belmont, Mass.) made a combined 14 saves respectively, with the loss going to Bristol.  Jesse Kutz made seven saves in the first 45 minutes to earn the win in the PSU goal.   

Justin Vercruysse and Scott Pelligrinelli shared PSU team-high honors with four ground balls apiece.  Junior Andrew Guy (Northbridge, Mass.) led the UMB defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Lacrosse returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to MIT for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.