KEENE, N.H. – Jack Dobrzynski (East Greenwich, R.I.) recorded a career-high 30 face-off wins and lacrosse tried to mount a late fourth quarter comeback but fell just short as their season came to an end in the Little East Conference Tournament semi-final round as they fell to second-seed Plymouth State University by the final of 21-14 Friday evening at Keene State College.
#6 UMass Boston 14, #2 Plymouth State University 21
UMass Boston (5-14)
Plymouth State U. (8-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a slow start that gave the Panthers a huge advantage on the scoreboard, the Beacons tried to battle back over the final two frames. Plymouth State, who will face top-seeded Keene State College for the LEC title tomorrow, outscored the Beacons 13-5 before the halftime.
They then added five goals in the third and three more in the fourth to clinch the victory. The Beacons cut into the deficit with three goals in the third, and six in the final stanza, but the deficit proved too much.
Dobrzynski's career performance also saw the face-off specialist record a career-high and program record 21 ground balls.
Senior Cameron Dixson (Wayland, Mass.) finished an impressive season with 11 stops, while the Panthers' netminder Robert Porter posted 14 saves.
The Beacons dominated the ground ball game with 51, while the Panthers tallied just 28 pick-ups. On the night, UMB finished 31-for-39 on face-off attempts, but PSU led the contest in shots with a +7 margin (47-40).
Recording his first career goal in the final game of his college career was Jack Fournier (West Newbury, Mass.) off of a Dobrzynski assist at the 9:50 mark of the fourth quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Friday's game marked the second time in the last three seasons that the Beacons advanced to the LEC semi-final round
- The Panthers have now won four straight over the Beacons including back-to-back tournament games
- Friday's contest marked the final in the careers of Dixson, Fournier and defenseman Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.)