April 24, 2010
PLYMOUTH, NH-Host Plymouth State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team in the second half, 7-1, and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 15-4 , in a Little East Conference match at Panther Field Saturday.
Junior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) scored twice for the Corsairs in the first five minutes, but Teddy Akriviellis scored twice for the Panthers to tie the score, then Andrew Eriksen scored a man-down goal and a man-up goal to give PSU a 4-2 lead after the first quarter. Espinola scored a second-quarter goal to cut the Panthers' advantage to 6-3, but Akriviellis scored twice before the half ended to stake PSU to an 8-4 advantage.
Junior attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored the first goal of the second half for the Corsairs, but the Panthers outscored UMass Dartmouth, 7-0, the rest of the way.
Espinola led UMD with three goals. Akriviellis had five for the Panthers, while Brian Giroux added three.
"We didn't play well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "They had Senior Day, they were all fired up, and they scored five unanswered goals after we took a 2-0 lead. They made fewer mistakes than we did, they capitalized on their opportunities, and their keeper played very well. They have a very experienced team, and they were the better team today."
Plymouth State outshot the Corsairs, 51-32. Sophomore goaltender Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) played the first three quarters and made seven saves for UMass Dartmouth, while freshman Peter Foley (Northbridge, MA/Blackstone Valley Regional HS) played the final 15 minutes and made five stops. Kevin Hayes started for PSU and made 14 saves, while Jack Tyo finished up and made three saves. UMD was blanked on five man-up opportunities, while PSU scored on two of their 14 chances.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 6-8 and 2-3 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Plymouth State improved to 6-6 and 3-2 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Salem State Tuesday evening.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE