Western Connecticut pulls out one-goal win against Plymouth State
HOLDERNESS, N.H. -- Cullen Roberts and Jake Pantani scored back-to-back goals midway through the fourth quarter and Western Connecticut State University went on to defeat Plymouth State University, 10-9, in Little East Conference men's lacrosse action on Sunday.
Roberts' goal came with 8:56 remaining in the final period with an assist from Pantani, just 27 seconds after PSU had tied the game for the final time at 7-7. Pantani followed with a goal with 5:11 on the clock, set up by junior Nick Foley, to give the Colonials a two-goal margin.
PSU pulled back to within a goal when freshman Nick Pino scored with 3:11 to play, but Robbie Palazzo made it 10-8 for Western with 1:51 remaining. Chris Annunciata got the Panthers to within a goal again with 1:29 to go, but PSU couldn't get a tying goal before the clock ran out.
Western Conn. improved to 2-1 in the Little East (5-7 overall) while PSU dropped to 1-2 in conference play (6-3 overall).
Pantani led the Colonials with two goals and three assists while Ryan Foster scored twice and set up another. Foley also finished with a goal and two assists, and Zach Bartlett led the defense, causing three turnovers and picking up three ground balls.
Annunciata scored a game-high three goals to lead PSU, while Pino finished with a pair of goals and Aaron Boss and Mike Trocchi tallied a goal and two assists each. Adam Haversat collected a game-high six ground balls.
Plymouth State had a 46-33 advantage in shots. Western goalie Kevin Seery made 13 saves to post the victory. PSU was forced to used three goalies due to an injury to starter Christopher St. George; Jesse Kutz came off the bench to make eight saves in the final 42 minutes.