PLYMOUTH, NH – Rookie attackman Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY) rounded out a solid first-year campaign with a game-high six points as the sixth-seeded Western Connecticut men's lacrosse team was downed at third-seeded Plymouth State in the Little East Conference Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday evening. With the loss, the Colonials finished the season at 7-9 overall and seem poised to be headed in a positive direction for next season. No. 3 Plymouth State avenged last week's regular season loss, improving to 9-7 and advancing to the league semifinals.
In addition to Caldwell's stellar performance, seniors Cullen Roberts (Somers, CT) and John Foristall (Danbury, CT) closed out their careers as each finished with a pair of goals for the Colonials. Senior netminder Patrick Tynan (Somers, CT) concluded the slate at 7-9 overall, recording an impressive 17 saves for WestConn.
After a high-powered opening offensive first quarter, the score was knotted at 5-5. Despite leading 8-7 late in the second quarter, the Colonials suffered through a 25-minute scoring draught allowing the Panthers to seize control of the game.
Plymouth tallied all four goals in the third quarter and began the fourth with a pair to capture a 13-8 lead. WestConn answered with three of the final four goals capped with a strike from sophomore attackman Robert Swensen (Danbury, CT) with less than a minute remaining.
The Panthers outshot the Colonials, 52-29, while also holding a solid footing in the groundball category, 47-32, en route to advancing to the semifinal round.
"It was a hard fought game that got away from us in the third. We got out ground-balled and those equated to extra possessions that we needed. I am proud of the seniors who took this program forward from last year. We have a great group of core players returning and I am excited for our continued success," said WestConn head coach Ryan Cavanagh following the season-ending defeat.