DANBURY, CT - Senior attack Chris Annunicata (Waltham, MA) scored nine goals to lift visiting Plymouth State University to a 15-10 victory over Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament Quarterfinals at The WAC on Tuesday afternoon.
The Panthers, now 9-5, came into the league championships ranked fifth but an underdog they were not. Back on April 13, Western edged PSU, 10-9 and knew it was in for a battle.
Plymouth State took and early 1-0 lead on Annunciata's first goal of the day just 1:32 into the contest.
Foristall finished with a team-high three goals while Foley and Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT) 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, MA), and held a 5-3 lead heading into the second period.
Goals by Western's Jack Pantani (Branford, CT) and leading scorer Nate Wilson (Norwich, CT) 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 against intra-state rival and tournament's top seed Keene State College with 43 goals on the season.
Plymouth netminder Jesse Kutz (Hopkinton, MA) had a solid performance, making 12 saves in the victory.
Kevin Seery (East Lyme, CT) was the first of a trio of goalies for the Colonials. He made 12 saves before yielding to Patrick Tynan (Somers, CT) with 21 minutes remaining in the game. Tynan made four stops before Zach Craybas (Bethel, CT) came on for the final two minutes.
The Colonials end their season at 7-10.