May 4, 2010
PLYMOUTH, NH-Host Plymouth State scored nine consecutive goals to erase an early lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team and held off the Corsairs, 15-12, in their Little East Conference quarter-final playoff match at Panther Field Tuesday.
Sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) and senior attackman Andrew Foster (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) each scored twice as UMD scored the first six goals of the game and took a 6-0 lead with 3:13 remaining in the first quarter. Steve Engel scored for PSU at the end of the first quarter, and Brian Giroux made it 6-2 with a goal early in the second quarter.
Junior attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored with 10:56 left in the second quarter, but PSU scored the next six goals to take an 8-7 halftime lead.
Plymouth State scored the first three goals of the third quarter, but the Corsairs came back, getting a goal from Roberto and two more from Foster to close to within 11-10 after three quarters. Andrew Eriksen scored the first goal of the fourth quarter for the Panthers, Arsenault countered with 8:08 left, and Brett Zebrowski and Giroux scored for PSU to make it 14-11 with 4:45 to play. Foster scored with 3:42 remaining, but the Corsairs could get no closer.
Foster led UMD with five goals, while Roberto and Arsenault each added three. Giroux scored five goals for the Panthers, Eriksen had four and Zebrowski added three.
"We played really well, we did a lot of good things today, but we made too many mistakes in the second quarter, and it cost us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We got too many penalties, and they took advantage of their opportunities. It was close all the way, but they took advantage of our mistakes in the second quarter. We came back and played well in the third and fourth quarters, and it was like night and day from when we played them the first time (15-4 loss at PSU April 24th).
PSU out shot the Corsairs, 60-37. Sophomore goalie Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) and freshman goalie Peter Foley (Northbridge, MA/Blackstone Valley Tech) combined to make 14 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Kevin Hayes and Jack Tyo combined to make eight stops for the Panthers. PSU scored on four of nine extra-man opportunities, while UMD was two of eight.
The Corsairs dropped to 7-10 with the defeat, while the Panthers improved to 8-7 with the victory. Plymouth State will return to action when they visit top seed Keene State Thursday. The match was the final competition of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE