Southern Maine vs. Plymouth State
April 9, 2003
The Game Story:
Plymouth State Escapes Southern Maine in Conference Opener, 8-6

GORHAM, Maine - Sophomore Steve Skinner (Hingham, Mass.) netted a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner late in the fourth quarter to lead the Plymouth State College Panthers to an 8-6 triumph over the host University of Southern Maine Huskies in the Little East Conference opener for each team on Wednesday afternoon at Paula Hodgdon Field.

The game marked the third all-time meeting between the two clubs, and Plymouth State has won the three contests. The Panthers improved to 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in the conference, and will entertain Eastern Connecticut on Saturday. Southern Maine, which slipped to 2-4 and 0-1, will also return to action on Saturday when it travels to Salem State.

After trailing 4-2 at the break, Southern Maine rallied to tie the affair at 5-5 on a goal by junior midfielder Dan Soule (South Portland, Maine) with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter. However, Plymouth State responded with three straight goals to take control of the game.

The Panthers took the lead for good at 3:50 of the third period on a goal by freshman Jon Gagnon (New Bedford, Mass.), and Skinner netted the decisive goal with 4:55 remaining in the contest. Freshman Bobby DaBrieo (Woburn, Mass.) added an insurance goal with 1:20 left in the game.

Southern Maine sophomore Jon Gagne (Eliot, Maine) scored his second goal of the game with 47 seconds remaining to account for the 8-6 final score.

For Plymouth State Dabrieo and Gagnon also scored two goals, while senior Ken McGuire (Wayland, Mass.) scored one goal and added three assists.

Freshman goalie Michael Rodrick (Plaistow, N.H.) turned aside 13 shots for Plymouth State, while freshman Jeff Lamoureux (Walpole, Mass.) had 15 saves for Southern Maine.