March 26, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Snaps Losing Skid with Important 12-11 NE-10 Road Win at Assumption

Kevin Dargin notches four goals in the win

WORCESTER, Mass. (March 26, 2013) -- The Franklin Pierce University men's lacrosse team got back on the winning track Tuesday night with an important 12-11 Northeast-10 Conference road win at Assumption in the Multi-Sport Stadium in Worcester, Mass. The Ravens snapped a three-game skid to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the NE-10, while the Greyhounds dipped to 0-6 and 0-4 in league play.

A trio of Ravens came up huge in the win, including junior attackman Bryan Bourque (Goffstown, N.H.), who logged a career-high five-point evening with three goals and two assists. 

Sophomore attacker Kevin Dargin (Littleton, Mass.) continued his string of impressive offensive performances with four first-half goals, including two in man-up situations, to run his team-leading total to 11 markers.

Classmate and midfielder Erik Kelly (Tewksbury, Mass.) had a four-point night with two assists and a pair of goals, including one with 4:25 remaining which proved to be the game-winner.

The Ravens had fallen into a similar trap over their three-game losing streak by watching the opposition go on a lengthy run in the second half to pull away for the victory. Tuesday night, though, Franklin Pierce was the team to go on a late surge to pull out the win.

Franklin Pierce trailed 6-5 late in the second quarter, but Dargin turned the game around by firing home a strike right at the first half horn to tie it all up.

Dargin's late marker kick-started the Ravens' surge, which turned out to be a 6-2 run to give them an 11-8 advantage with 12:13 remaining in the game. Senior middie Eric Harries (Dunstable, Mass.) added to the rally with a man-up goal a little less than a minute into the third. Freshman Luke McDermott (New Milford, Conn.) added a goal moments later and Bourque bridged the third and fourth quarters with a pair of goals. 

Kelly made it 11-8 with 12:13 remaining, but Assumption stemmed the tide with a goal from Garrett Smith, who ended the game with six goals. After Kelly made it 12-9, the Greyhounds came back with two late goals to make things interesting at 12-11 with :30 left.

Assumption tried to get the equalizer, but Franklin Pierce sophomore goalie Don Denman (Exeter, N.H.) turned aside a last second shot to help seal the win for the Ravens. Denman stopped seven shots to run his record to 2-3 on the year.

Franklin Pierce outshot Assumption, 34-27, including putting 21 shots on goal. 

Franklin Pierce returns to action Friday when the Ravens travel to Springfield, Mass. to take on American International at 4 p.m.

For more information on Franklin Pierce men's lacrosse, please visit the team's page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu(.) To follow the program even further, please visit Franklin Pierce Athletics on YouTube (www.youtube.com/FranklinPierceSports), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FPUathletics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce men's lacrosse apparel can do so on the athletic department's online store at athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store(.)

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