May 1, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore attackman Teddy Akriviellis (Dover, MA) tallied a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists to lead the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 18-6, in a Little East Conference match today at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Panthers improve to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in LEC play and will be in action again on Tuesday, May 4 in the quarterfinals of the Little East Conference Tournament with the opponent and venue to be determined. The Beacons finish their season at 4-11 and 0-7.
Plymouth State opened the contest with three unanswered goals, courtesy of goals scored by Akriviellis just 22 seconds into the game and senior attackman Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, NH) and junior attackman (Beverly, MA) over the next nine minutes. Senior midfielder Al Craven (Milton, MA) put UMass Boston on the board at 1:21 of the opening quarter, but senior Tim Hadley (New London, NH) responded for the visitors just 17 seconds later for a 4-1 Panthers' lead after one quarter.
Plymouth State struck early in the second quarter as well when senior midfielder Steve Engel (South Windsor, CT) won the faceoff and then scored on a helper from senior midfielder Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, MA) just 33 seconds into the frame. Senior midfielder Brett Zebrowski (Bayville, NY) and Akriviellis each followed with scores over the next three minutes to give the Panthers a 7-1 advantage at the 11:43 mark of the second quarter. Senior attackman Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, NJ) interrupted the Plymouth State scoring surge with a goal for the Beacons coming on a feed from junior midfielder John Canty (Milton, MA) at 10:09 during a man-up situation, but Akriviellis closed out the quarter with a pair of goals to give the Panthers a 9-2 margin at the intermission.
The teams traded goals to begin the third quarter with freshman midfielder Ty Long (Dover, NH) scoring at 11:48 for Plymouth State and sophomore midfielder Pat Driscoll (Hingham, MA) netting his 40th goal of the season for UMass Boston at 9:16 of the quarter to cut the deficit to 10-3. Driscoll becomes the first UMB player with 40 or more goals in a season since Ryan O'Rourke (2003, 2005) also tallied 40 in 2005. The Panthers closed out the quarter with five consecutive goals for a 15-3 lead, including tallies from freshman midfielder Mike Ventura (Columbia, NJ), Engel and Eriksen. Giroux and Eriksen also finished the quarter with a goal each in the final 12 seconds. Giroux's second score was also the 98th of his career.
Canty opened the fourth quarter with a pair of goals to pull UMass Boston to within 15-5, including the first tally of the quarter, which was assisted by freshman goalie Jake Gostanian (Andover, MA) on a clearing pass at 11:58. Plymouth State scored three of the afternoon's final four goals to put the game away. Panthers' freshman attackman Shawn McEvoy (Spring, TX) and the Beacons' Nunn traded goals for a 16-6 score with 6:52 remaining in the game, before freshman attackman Devon Smith (Plattekill, NY) netted his first collegiate goal at the 6:44 mark and junior attackman Bill Eissler (Cheshire, CT) notched his first score of the year at 3:06 for Plymouth State.
Junior goalie Kevin Hayes (Beverly, MA) stopped eight of 11 shots through three quarters to earn the victory for PSU, while junior Billy Morgan (Winchester, MA) allowed three goals in 8:16 of action and sophomore goaltender Jack Tyo (East Sandwich, MA) stopped both shots he saw in the final 6:44 of play. Gostanian turned away 14 shots for UMB.
Akriviellis added a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover to his day for the Panthers, while Eriksen finished with three goals and three assists in addition to three ground balls and a caused turnover. Giroux added two assists to his two goals, while picking up four ground balls and causing a pair of turnovers and Engel was a perfect 12-12 on faceoffs, coming up with 14 groundballs and chipping in with a goal and three assists.
Canty led UMass Boston with three points and seven ground balls in addition to a caused turnover. He now has 116 points and 46 assists to rank 14th and 12th, respectively, on the school's career list. Nunn picked up a ground ball to go with his two goals, while Craven scooped up seven groundballs to finish their respective careers. Senior defender Tim Boyle (Dorchester, MA) came up with six ground balls, senior defender Patrick McDonagh (Dorchester, MA) picked up four groundballs and classmate Jared Doherty (Conway, NH) came up with three groundballs to close out their respective tenures with the Beacons. Senior attackman Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) finished his career with a ground ball in his final game.
The Beacons finished the season with five players racking up 30 or more points for the first time since the 2005 season.