Plymouth State advances to LEC semifinals with 9-5 win over Western

Box Score

DANBURY, CT (May 1) - Freshman attack Nick Morello (North Billerica, MA) scored three second-half goals, including two in the final quarter to lift visiting Plymouth State University to a 9-5 victory over Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference Quarterfinals at The WAC on Tuesday afternoon.

Morello scored the games' only goal in the third period to break a 4-4 first-half tie. The unassisted goal was his team-leading 35th marker of the season.

After Western's Jason Szabo (Apharetta, GA) knotted the game with his 11th goal of the season 5:06 into the final stanza, Morello tallied two more goals that gave the Panthers their largest lead of the afternoon, 7-5.

Following the games fifth tie, Plymouth State closed out the game with four unanswered goals over the final 5:46.

Western, which has been hampered by a number of injuries to roster, had five different players score a goal.

Raul Bourgeois (New Milford, CT) put the Colonials up 1-0 with his 10th goal in his final season.

The teams traded goals throughout the first half and were deadlocked four times including at intermission, when Ross Manweiler (New Milford, CT) finished off a long pass from Anthony Nejame (Danbury, CT) with 49 seconds before the break.

Chris Annunciata (Waltham, MA) added two goals for the winners, including a man-up goal in the closing seconds.

Plymouth net minder Jack Tyo (East Sandwich, MA) was spectacular in goal for PSU, making 10 saves. Senior Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT) made six stops for Western in his final collegiate appearance.

The Colonials close out the season with a record of 9-7 while the Panthers, 11-5, advance to the LEC Semifinals against intra-state rival Keene State College on Thursday. Face off is slated for 4 pm.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)

Plymouth State (10-5) vs. Western Connecticut (9-7)
Date: May 01, 2012 Location: Danbury, Conn. Stadium: The WAC
Attendance:66 Start time:3:00 pm End time:4:35 pm Total time:1:35

SCORE BY PERIOD..... 1 2 3 4 Tot
Plymouth State...... 2 2 1 4 - 9
Western Connecticut. 3 1 0 1 - 5

Plymouth State SCORING: GOALS: Nick Morello 3; Chris Annunciata 2;
Ty Long 2; Zach Frank 1; Shawn McEvoy 1.
ASSISTS: Stephen Patch 3; Zach Frank 1; Chris Moloney 1; Nick Morello 1;
Jared Woodell 1.

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Ryan Gillis 1; Jason Szabo 1;
Kevin Farrell 1; Raul Bourgeois 1; Ross Manweiler 1.
ASSISTS: Stephen Brumber 1; Anthony Nejame 1.

Plymouth State GROUND BALLS: Mike Curley 8; Ty Long 3; Ross Murphy 3;
Sean Allen 2; Zach Frank 2; Paul McInerney 2; Nick Morello 2; Jack Tyo
2; Jared Woodell 2; Scott Giusti 1; Adam Nassaf 1; Scott Pelligrinelli
1; Andy Ripley 1; Mike Ventura 1.

Western Connecticut GROUND BALLS: Tony Scarnati 5; Ryan Gillis 4;
Brandon Hall 4; Brandon Marszalek 3; Andrew Bascom 2; Mike Beckwith 2;
John Helwig 2; Tyler Martone 2; Eric Small 2; Zach Bartlett 1; Stephen
Brumber 1; Kevin Farrell 1; Taylor Leahy 1; Gerard Wrenn 1.

SHOTS - Plymouth State 35; Western Connecticut 31.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Plymouth State 15; Western Connecticut 15.

Penalties - Plymouth State 3/2:00; Western Connecticut 5/4:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Plymouth State 1-5; Western Connecticut 0-3.

FACEOFFS - Plymouth State 6-17; Western Connecticut 11-17.

CLEARS - Plymouth State 22-28; Western Connecticut 16-25.

GOALIES - PSU: Jack Tyo 10-4 (59:48 minutes, 15 shots-10 saves, 5 GA);
WCSUML: Tyler Martone 9-7 (59:36, 14-6, 8) , Kevin Seery (00:12, 1-0, 1).

Start time: 3:00 pm Finish time: 4:35 pm Length of game: 1:35
Officials:. Scorer: Scott Ames.

A-66 T-1:35