Western Connecticut vs. Plymouth State
April 1, 2006
The Game Story:
DANBURY, CT- The Western Connecticut State University’s men’s lacrosse lost a five goal lead, and
then the game, in overtime to Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University, 10-9, at the
WAC this afternoon in the Little East Conference season opener for both teams.
WestConn (3-5, 0-1) was dominant in the first five minutes as sophomore midfielder Brendan Phillips
(Mahopac, NY) and junior defender Joe Parciasepe (Bethel, CT) each tallied a goal to give the Colonials
a 2-0 advantage with 10:35 to go in the first quarter. The Panthers (2-4, 1-0) battled back, however, as
John Padua and Bobby Dabreio helped Plymouth State tie the game with 2:35 left in the period. WestConn
regained the lead with just 38 seconds to play, 3-2, in the opening frame on a goal by junior attack John
Stashenko (Norwalk, CT) which was assisted by Tre’ Sherwood (Hempsted, NY).
The Colonials continued to stay hot as they tallied four consecutive goals in the second frame, including
the second of the game for both Stashenko and Phillips, to give the Colonials a 7-2 lead. The Panthers
tallied one more goal before the half to cut the deficit to 7-3 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Panthers outscored the Colonials 3-2 as Panther senior midfielder Jon Gagnon
scored his first goal of the game to make it an 8-6 contest with just over five minutes remaining in the period.
One minute later, Phillips scored his third goal of the contest to keep WestConn up by three, 9-6, with one
period remaining.
The fourth period was dominated by the Panthers, as they blanked the Colonials 3-0 in the quarter despite
taking just five shots. Ryan Silva, Gagnon, and Padua each scored in the period for Plymouth State to tie the
game at nine apiece and force overtime.
The overtime period belonged to the Panthers as Gagnon scored an unassisted goal for his third goal of the
half and give the visitors a 10-9 victory. Colonial senior goal keeper senior Chuck Byrne (New Rochelle, NY) tallied 14 saves in the loss.
WestConn travels to in-state rival Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday,
April 5 for a 3:30 p.m. start.