April 18, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Plymouth State scored five consecutive goals within a span of six and a half minutes midway through the fourth quarter and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team, 10-8, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Panthers, who trailed, 7-5 after junior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) scored for UMass Dartmouth 14 seconds into the fourth quarter, got goals from five different players to take a 10-7 lead with 4:47 remaining. Senior midfielder Conor McCullough (Dover, NH/Oyster River HS) put the Panthers ahead when he scored with 7:04 remaining, and sophomore midfielder Jesse Holland (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and junior midfielder Tim Hadley (New London, NH/Kearsarge HS) scored to make it 10-7. Junior midfielder Mike Lee (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) scored for the Corsairs to make it 10-8, but UMD could come no closer.
UMass Dartmouth took an early 3-1 lead, with freshman midfielder Terence Dineen (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS), senior midfielder Jason Febo (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and senior attackman Bobby Young (Billerica, MA/Billerica HS) scoring to give the Corsairs a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.
Plymouth State responded with four consecutive goals, scoring thrice within 56 seconds to take a 4-3 advantage on a goal by junior midfielder Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, MA/Mohawk Trail HS) with 6:48 left in the first half.
The Corsairs scored the final three goals of the first half. Senior attackman Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/ Framingham HS) scored a man-up goal at 1:51, and Foster scored twice in the final 1:02 to give UMD a 6-5 halftime lead.
"We played poorly in the fourth quarter," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We didn't do a good job of clearing, and we didn't do a good job of getting ground balls. We didn't play well as a team. We have to get back to work and improve before our next game."
Plymouth State out shot UMass Dartmouth, 38-33. Corsair freshman goaltender Kevin Pelsinski (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS) and PSU sophomore goalie Kevin Hayes (Beverly, MA/Beverly HS) each made 13 saves.
The Corsairs dropped to 5-7 and 2-3 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Panthers improved to 5-6 and 3-2 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salem State in a Little East Conference game Tuesday evening. PSU will host Keene State Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE