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Eastern rebounds from early four-goal deficit in 13-9 LEC win

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MANSFIELD, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University erased an early four-goal deficit and emerged with a 13-9 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University in a battle of early-season men's lacrosse conference unbeatens Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Above: Salieu Bolivar (34) saved his only goal of the match for the right time in Saturday's 13-9 LEC win over Plymouth State. (Tim Seidl photo)

Eastern (6-5, 3-0 Little East) handed Plymouth (8-2, 2-1 Little East) its first loss since the Panthers dropped a 12-10 season-opener decision at the University of New England. Eastern won for the sixth straight time against Plymouth.

Trailing 5-1, Eastern answered with four straight goals to pull even with 6:35 left in the first half, and took the lead for good by scoring the final four goals of the match over the last 7:36.  Senior midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) beat Plymouth senior goalie Jack Tyo ) with a high, hard shot - his only goal of the match -- to give the Warriors the lead for good, 10-9, with 7:36 left, sophomore midfielder Mike Devine (Cheshire) followed 37 seconds later third of the game and sophomore midfieler Tyler Fresen (Newington) scored two insurance goals  1:34 apart in the final five minutes.

Plymouth scored four first-qarter goals on nine shots, but was held to only five goals the rest of the way. Eastern's five-goal second quarter pulled it even at six-all at halftime and its six-goal fourth quarter overcame a one-goal deficit after three quarters.

Eastern senior goalie Jamie Tommins (Fairfield) made nine saves and Tyo seven.
Eastern junior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) raised season percentage to .616 by winning 21 of 26. He scrooped up 15 ground balls.

Seven different players combined for Plymouth's goals, with team point leader Ty Long, a junior midfielder, and junior midfielder Stephen Patch netting two each. Patch scored consecutive goals late in the first quarter to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead and contributed to four of his team's first five goals by scoring two and assisting on two.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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