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Plymouth State Cruises Past Southern Maine 21-6

Plymouth State Cruises Past Southern Maine 21-6

(Courtesy of Plymouth State University Sports Information)

Plymouth State Cruises Past Southern Maine 21-6

            NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Sophomore Connor Delea (Manchester, N.H.) continued his hot play with a career-high six goals to lead Plymouth State University to a 21-6 rout of the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's lacrosse game at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School on Wednesday night.

            With the win, the Panthers improve to 2-0 in LEC action and 3-4 overall, while the Huskies dropped their third straight to dip to 3-5 and 0-2 in league action.

            Plymouth State opened the game with six straight goals and opened up a 9-1 lead with ten minutes remaining in the first half. Southern Maine used a 3-0 spurt to cut the deficit to 9-4, but that was as close as the Huskies would get. PSU recorded the game's next nine scores as the lead ballooned to 18-4 late in the third quarter and the Panthers coasted to the win.

            Sophomore Sam Danberg (Amesbury, Mass.) converted a feed from senior Jake Burns (Salem, N.H.) almost six minutes into play to open the scoring and senior Casey Elkins (Stow, Mass.) made it 2-0 a minute-and-a-half later.

            Delea picked up his first two goals of the game and senior Chris Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.) added a first quarter goal as PSU took a 5-0 lead into the second.

            Senior Paul Luongo (Northborough, Mass.) tallied the first of his four goals early in the second quarter before the Huskies got on the board when sophomore Steve Gilbert (Litchfield, Maine) found the back of the net.

            PSU scored the next three with goals from Elkins, Delea and junior Chuck Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) to extend the lead to 9-1.

            Southern Maine answered with a three-goal run of its own, including a pair from senior Jake Schoenberg (Topsham, Maine) to pull within 9-4, but the Panthers responded with three straight, including the first collegiate goal for freshman Riley Roy (Laconia, N.H.) to take a 12-4 lead into the break.

            The Panthers stormed out of the intermission with six more tallies to push the advantage to 18-4. Delea scored three times in the spurt, with Luongo, Burns and Waterbury also finding the back of the cage.

            Junior Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) stopped the run with his second of the game, but Luongo snuck a shot past the Huskies' goalie just before the quarter expired to make it 19-5 after three.

            Danberg tallied his second of the game five minutes into the fourth quarter, and sophomore Cameron Marco (Bath, Maine) followed with his first career goal to make it 21-5 and USM closed the scoring when senior Sam Hornblower (Portland, Maine) scored with 3:45 remaining.

            PSU is back in action next Wednesday (April 10) with a non-conference clash against New England College at the New Hampton School.  The Huskies head to LEC rival Western Connecticut State University on Saturday (1 p.m.).