PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State scored three of the final four goals to slip past lacrosse Friday afternoon in the regular season finale as the Panthers earned a 15-12 win at Currier Field.
UMass Boston 12, Plymouth State University 15
UMass Boston (8-8, 3-4 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State U. (7-9, 4-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the loss, the Beacons will be the fifth seed in the Little East Conference Tournament and will travel back to Plymouth state on Tuesday for the first round of the tournament in the 5v4 contest. Winner of that game will travel to top-seeded Keene State College on Thursday for the semi-final round.
In a back-and-forth contest, the Beacons rattled-off back-to-back goals to make it 12-11 with 5:43 to play. Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) registered the first goal, in the quick offensive surge, with Joe Mauceri (Scituate, Mass.) following his teammate with a man-up tally.
Plymouth State pushed their lead back with less than three minutes to play, but it was Mauceri who made it a one goal game again with 1:50 to play. Unfortunately, the Panthers would own the final two goals of regulation, Charlie Harrington and Thomas Kelly each scored once.
The two teams were evenly matched through the first two quarters with the Beacons holding a slight 7-6 edge heading into the halftime break. It was in the third quarter, that Plymouth State gained some breathing room as they outscored UMB 5-1.
Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) was once again a huge force for the Beacons attack, as he scored a game-high five goals. Mauceri ended the day with a hat trick of his own.
Redmond and Jacob Sinclair-Steeves (North Reading, Mass.) combined for 11 face-off wins on 28 attempts. Alex Fawcett (Londonderry, N.H.) made 13 saves as he completed his first regular season with the Beacons.
The Beacons special teams were solid all afternoon as they finished 4-for-6, holding Plymouth State scoreless on six man-up opportunities.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Plymouth State held a 46-41 advantage in total shots, and 46-33 advantage in ground balls
- UMB finished 20-for-33 on clear attempts, and were for 11-for-30 on face-off attempts
- With the loss, Plymouth State ended a three-game skid to the Beacons dating back to the 2016 season
- Friday's contest was a rematch of last year's LEC semi-final game, in-which UMB earned a 14-6 win on their home field, marking just the second time in program history that the Beacons won a semi-final match on the harbor campus
The Beacons will travel back to Plymouth State University on Tuesday for the quarterfinal round of the LEC Tournament. A start time will be announced this weekend.