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Groton’s Leonardo reaches 100-point lacrosse milestone

CASTLETON, Vt. — Senior Paul Leonardo of Groton became just the eighth player in the history of the University of Southern Maine men’s lacrosse program to score 100 career points on Saturday.

Leonardo, a former Groton-Dunstable High School standout, helped lead the Huskies over Castleton University, 14-10, in Little East Conference action at Dave Wolk Stadium.

Coming into the game with 98 career points, Leonardo reached his milestone when he scored a man-up goal off a feed from freshman Nick James with 2:06 to play in the first quarter.

Leonardo finished the game with the one goal and three assists, and now has 102 career points on 79 goals and 23 assists in 49 games. Southern Maine improved to 6-6 on the season.

Groton’s McDonough cited by AE

UMass Lowell freshman face-off midfielder Liam McDonough of Groton was named America East Conference Rookie of the Week for men’s lacrosse.

McDonough won Rookie honors for the second time in his UMass Lowell career, tying a career-high with 14 ground balls and winning 22-of-29 face-offs (75.8 percent) to go along with a goal in a road victory against the UMBC Retrievers.

“Liam works really hard at his game and it’s great to see him performing at an elite level,” said UML lacrosse coach Ed Stephenson.

McDonough’s 8.1 ground balls per game lead all America East players, posting a single-season program record of 105 ground balls in 13 contests this season. His 61 percent face-off percentage also leads the conference with 172 victories on 284 attempts.