PLYMOUTH, NH-Host Plymouth State broke a 7-7 tie with four goals at the start of the fourth quarter, and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team, 13-10, in the regular season finale for both teams at Panther Field Saturday.
The Panthers got goals from Zach Frank, Ross Murphy, Mike Ventura and Ty Long to take an 11-7 lead with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter. Freshman attacker Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) scored twice for UMD in the fourth quarter and sophomore midfielder Todd Davis (Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) scored once, but PSU held on for the win.
Plymouth State took a 4-2 lead after the first quarter, but UMD got two goals from sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) and one from Baxter to take the lead at 5-4 before Nick Morello scored 10 seconds before the end of the half to create a 5-5 halftime tie.
Freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) and senior midfielder Alex Reposa (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) scored in the third quarter for UMD as the Corsairs and Panthers were tied 7-7 after three quarters.
Niden and Baxter each had three goals and an assist to lead the Corsairs. Murphy, Nick Morello and Chris Annunciata each scored three times to lead Plymouth State.
"We played well in the second and third quarters, but we didn't get off the bus in the first quarter and in the fourth quarter, we made too many mistakes and they capitalized on them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We didn't play our best today. Plymouth State has a good young team and they played well, and we didn't play well for all 60 minutes."
The Panthers outshot the Corsairs, 35-34. Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) and PSU goalkeeper Jack Tyo each made 11 saves.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 9-5 and 3-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Plymouth State improved to 9-5 and 3-4 in the LEC with the victory. Both teams will return to action when the Little East Conference Tournament begins on Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE