April 29, 2014

Annunciata Leads Plymouth State Past Western

from press release

DANBURY, Conn. – Senior attack Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) scored a career-high nine goals Tuesday afternoon to lift fifth-seeded Plymouth State University to a 15-10 victory over fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament quarterfinal at The WAC. PSU improves to 9-5 on the season, avenging a 10-9 setback to Western back on April 13. The Panthers posted a first-round upset in the LEC Tournament for the third straight year; sixth-seeded PSU knocked off third-seeded Western Conn. in 2012, 9-5; and fifth-seeded PSU upended fourth-seeded UMass Boston last season, 17-11.

The victory sends PSU into a semifinal game Friday at 5:00 p.m. at top-seeded and regular season champion Keene State College (8-6 overall, 7-0 LEC).

Plymouth State took and early 1-0 lead on Annunciata's first goal of the day just 1:32 into the contest. Western righted itself and rattled off three straight goals, two by sophomore John Foristall (Danbury, Conn.) and another by Nick Foley (Walpole, Mass.) with 5:19 remaining in the first quarter. Foristall finished with a team-high three goals while Foley and Ryan Foster (Ledyard, Conn.) followed with two goals each.

Plymouth State scored four straight goals in the final 4:46 of the first stanza, two by Annunciata and a pair from Nick Pino (North Andover, Mass.), and held a 5-3 lead heading into the second period.

Goals by Western's Jack Pantani (Branford, Conn.) and leading scorer Nate Wilson (Norwich, Conn.) drew the teams even at 5-5.

The Panthers then scored six of the game's seven goals to pull away, 11-6. During that stretch, Annunciata tallied his fifth and sixth markers of the afternoon, and he wasn't done. The Colonials would pull within three goals, 12-9, following a goal by their lone senior, Foster, with 10:42 remaining in the game.

Annunciata registered three more insurance goals down the stretch and heads to the semifinals with 43 goals on the season.

Plymouth State netminder Jesse Kutz (Hopkinton, Mass.) had a solid performance, making 12 saves in the victory.

Kevin Seery (East Lyme, Conn.) was the first of a trio of goalies for the Colonials. He made 12 saves before yielding to Patrick Tynan (Somers, Conn.) with 21 minutes remaining in the game. Tynan made four stops before Zach Craybas (Bethel, Conn.) came on for the final two minutes. The Colonials end their season at 7-10.

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