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Keene State Eliminate UMB in LEC Semifinal, 15-7; Beacons Edged Plymouth State In First Round by 6-5

The UMass Boston men´s lacrosse team, despite its first overall winning season (10-6) in three years,
The UMass Boston men´s lacrosse team, despite its first overall winning season (10-6) in three years,

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Keen State 15 – 7 UMass Boston on May 5

Top seed Keene State College advanced to the championship game of the Little East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Tournament with a 15-7 semifinal victory over fifth seed UMass-Boston at Owl Athletic Complex on Thursday.

The Owls (9-4), who extended their winning streak to nine games, will host second seed Eastern Conn. (9-5) in the title game on Saturday (1 p.m.). ECSU defeated third Western Conn. (15-6) in the other semifinal contest. It is the third year in a row KSC has played ECSU for the conference title. The Owls lost both previous finals, including 12-9 last spring.

Senior Meade MacKay (Stratham, N.H.) and Sean Panora (South Windsor, Conn.) had four goals each to lead the Owls while senior attackman Eric Momnie (South Windsor, Conn.) netted two goals to break the KSC career record (153 goals) set by Bob Bonnes (1998-2000).

“It’s nice to know I’ve scored a lot of goal, but it’s all about winning and beating Eastern for the championship,” said Momnie.

After a slow start, KSC came back from a one goal deficit to take a 4-1 lead after the first quarter. The Owls outscored the Beacons 6-3 in the second quarter to take a 10-4 halftime lead. Panora scored two of his four goals in the second quarter.

“After we settled down I thought we got into the flow of the game,” said KSC Coach Mark Theriault. “We have a balanced scoring attack and that was evident again today. That’s why we’ve been so successful.”

Peter Lauranzano (Beverly, Mass.), Ryan Hazelton (Chester, N.H.), Travis Pedley (Bow, N.H.), Greg Richard (Nashua, N.H.), and Greg Gonzales (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) also scored single goals for the Owls.

Ryan O’Rourke (Milton, Mass.) scored three goals and Matt Ficarra (Syracuse, N.Y.) had two goals and two assists to lead the Beacons (10-6).

Matt Johnson (Derry, N.H.) had 15 saves and Brad Bishop (Brunswick, Me.) finished with one stop for KSC. Nick Eaton (Rowley, Mass.) had 16 saves for UMB.

UMass Boston 6- 5 Plymouth State University on May 3

Junior Pat Donlan (Norwell, Mass.) scored one goal and assisted on three others Tuesday afternoon as fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston upset fourth-seeded Plymouth State University, 6-5, in the opening round of the Little East Conference men’s lacrosse tournament at PSU’s Panther Field.

Sophomore Nicholi Sullo (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) added two goals and an assist to the Beacons attack, helping UMB avenge an 8-6 loss to the Panthers during the regular season. UMB improves to 10-5 overall, and advances to an LEC semifinal game Thursday at top-seeded and regular-season champion Keene State (3:30 p.m.). PSU had its five-game winning streak snapped, falling to 7-7, and hopes for an ECAC New England Tournament berth when the field is announced next Monday.

It was a close game the entire way, with five ties and neither team ever leading by more than a goal. Junior Bobby Dabrieo (Woburn, Mass.) scored twice for PSU in the opener quarter, but sophomore Ryan O’Rourke (Milton, Mass.) answered the first one for the Beacons and Sullo made it 2-2 at the end of the first period. PSU junior Jon Gagnon (New Bedford, Mass.) scored the only goal of the second quarter at the 5:02 mark to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead at the intermission.

Sullo and Donlan combined on the only two goals of the third period for UMB, Donlan setting up Sullo at 11:15, and Sullo assisting Donlan with 3:02 on the clock, to put the Beacons up by one goal, 4-3.

Gagnon set up Dabrieo for PSU to tie the game at 4-4 early in the fourth quarter, but UMB regained the lead (5-4) just 23 seconds later on a score by sophomore Matt Ficarra (Syracuse, N.Y.). Freshman Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) again pulled PSU even, 5-5, with 10:51 on the clock, but sophomore Rob Thayer (West Tisbury, Mass.), who transferred to UMB from PSU, scored the eventual game-winner, assisted by Donlan, with 6:22 remaining.

Sophomore Nick Eaton (Rowley, Mass.) made 12 saves to earn the win in the Beacons goal, while sophomore Steve Valeri (Chelmsford, Mass.) made 14 saves for PSU.