April 6, 2013

#2 ADELPHI DEFEATS #5 MEN'S LACROSSE IN OVERTIME, 10-9

Garden City, N.Y. – Nick Watson scored a transition goal with 2:01 remaining in overtime to give second-ranked Adelphi University a 10-9 win over the fifth-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Motamed Field.

Adelphi got on the scoreboard first as Cory Stavis recorded an unassisted goal 3:50 into the contest following a failed Le Moyne clear.

Le Moyne, which has lost two regular season games for the first time since 2007, answered with four straight goals over a span of 6:25. Senior attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga C.C.) found the back of the net for the 12t time this season with 9:36 remaining in the first quarter off a feed from junior midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy). Following a save by senior goalkeeper Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS), Bumpus gave the Dolphins the lead with his seventh goal of the year at the 8:04 mark. Junior midfielder Tim Beach (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) gave the Dolphins a 3-1 lead with 6:19 left with a dodge down the left alley. Prevost capped the streak with a transition goal from the right wing off a pass from freshman attackman Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa)with 3:11 to play.

Adelphi ended the run with just two seconds left in the quarter as Joe Celano tallied an unassisted goal.

The Panthers scored all four of the second quarter's goals to take a 6-4 lead at halftime. Patrick Starke pulled Adelphi within 4-3 with an unassisted goal 1:58 into the quarter. He then tied the score at four apiece at the 8:45 mark off a pass from Ikerson Hopper after turned the ball over on a clear attempt. Adelphi regained the lead with 4:38 remaining in the first half following another Le Moyne turnover as Joseph Sciara finished off a feed from defenseman Tyler Felice-Jennings. Celano netted his second goal of the half with 1:16 remaining in the quarter.

Adelphi pushed its lead to 7-4 just 30 seconds into the second half as Brian Prendergast tallied an extra-man goal off a pass from Nick Olson.

The Dolphins, who lost in the regular season in the state of New York for the first time since 2002 at C.W. Post, responded with three straight goals to knot the score at seven apiece. Junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) started the rally by scoring off a pass from senior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) with 7:00 left. Frechette then scored his team-best 17th goal of the year off a feed from Prevost with 4:20 to go in the quarter. Sophomore midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) evened the score at seven by firing in a shot with 2:33 left.

Jamie McAndrew answered back just 42 seconds later off a feed from Prendergast to give the lead back to the Panthers.

Corapi tied the score again with 13:21 remaining in the game after White made a save. After another save by White two and one-half minutes later, Bumpus gave the Dolphins the lead with 9:34 left in the game.

Hopper, a 6-foot, 7-inch attackman, tied the score at nine with 7:22 remaining after bullying his way around the right side of the goal from behind and scoring from the edge of the crease.

The Dolphins, who dropped to 6-6 all-time in overtime games, including losses in three straight (Bryant in 2007, Merrimack in 2010 and today), had five shots and the Panthers had two shots in the final six and one-half minutes, but neither team was able to convert, sending the game to overtime.

After Felice-Jennings caused a Le Moyne turnover with 2:10 left in overtime, the Panthers cleared the ball and long-stick midfielder Kevin Kennedy sent a pass to Watson on the front of the crease, where he scored the game-winning goal with 2:01 left on the overtime clock.

White made a career high-tying 16 saves between the pipes in suffering just the sixth loss of his career (48 wins). Aidan Bennardo earned the win after making three saves (against five goals) after entering the game at halftime.

Le Moyne (8-2, 5-2 NE-10), which lost for the first time in the 22 games Frechette has recorded an assist as a starter the last two seasons (13-0 last year, 8-0 this year before today), returns home to face Franklin Pierce on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.