April 25, 2009
PLYMOUTH, NH - Senior Dan Maiorana (Walpole, MA) recorded a game-high six points Saturday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 15-5 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Little East Conference men's lacrosse regular season finale for both schools at Panther Field.
PSU won two of its last three games to wrap up the regular season at 6-7 overall and 4-3 in the LEC, while UMB concludes its campaign at 2-12 overall and 0-7 in conference play. Plymouth State has locked up the fourth seed in next week's LEC Tournament, and will host a first-round game on Tuesday at Panther Field against fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The 4-3 conference record is the best for PSU since the LEC started men's lacrosse in 2001.
Maiorana, one of five Panthers celebrating Senior Day, scored two goals and added a season-high four assists for his six points. Junior Tim Hadley (New London, NH) and sophomore Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, MA) scored four goals apiece to add to the Panther total, and senior Conor McCullough (Dover, NH) and junior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, NH) chipped in with two goals each. Junior Derick Smith (New London, NH) collected a team-high six ground balls.
Junior Al Craven (Milton, MA) and Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) scored two goals apiece to lead the Beacons, and sophomore John Canty (Milton, MA) tallied one. Senior Matt Dunn (Milton, MA) picked up five ground balls and Canty won seven of 12 face-offs.
PSU also displayed a strong defensive effort, forcing UMB into 13 failed clears in 25 attempts. The Panthers had a 43-27 advantage in shots and a 45-30 margin in ground balls.
Eriksen scored two goals for PSU to help the Panthers to a 5-1 lead after one quarter. UMB notched the first goal of the second quarter but the home team found the net five times in the last four minutes of the period to assume a 10-2 advantage at halftime. The teams each scored once in the third period, and PSU put the game away by outscoring the visitors 4-2 in the final frame.