#4 MEN’S LACROSSE KNOCKS OFF #2 ADELPHI, 7-5, TO WIN 11TH NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Garden City, N.Y. – Championship Most Outstanding Player Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS) made seven saves to lead the fourth-ranked and third-seeded Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to its 11th Northeast-10 Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship with a 7-5 win over second-ranked and top-seeded Adelphi University on Sunday afternoon at Motamed Field.
The Panthers started the game's scoring off the opening faceoff of the contest as Gregory Puskuldjian won the faceoff and raced in to score his second goal of the season at the 14:52 mark. Adelphi pushed its lead to two with 7:40 remaining as Jamie McAndrew scored inside the near right post with a left-handed shot.
After being held scoreless for the first 12:19, the Dolphins cut their deficit in half with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter as senior attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga C.C.) sent a pass from the right wing to sophomore midfielder Alec Westerhoff (Lagrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township/Bridgton Academy), who fired a low shot into the back of the net for his 12th marker of the campaign.
Following an interception by White, senior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) tied the score at two apiece with 11:31 left after cutting in front of the cage and taking a pass from junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn).
The teams went back and forth over the next eight and one-half minutes before the Dolphins took the lead with 2:58 remaining in the first half on a drive from the left side by junior midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy).
The Dolphins, who fell in overtime to the Panthers, 10-9, on April 6, extended their lead to two just 51 seconds into the third quarter as sophomore midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) cut to the center of the field from the left side before firing a shot into the lower left corner of the net for his 21st tally of the season. Chadderdon pushed the lead to 5-2 with 11:48 left after dodging past Nottingham graduate Tyler Felice-Jennings from the top right corner of the offensive zone and firing a shot that bounced off the goalkeeper and across the goal line. After Bumpus was awarded the ensuing faceoff, he sent a pass upfield to Frechette, who rifled in a bounce-shot from the left wing. Corapi increased Le Moyne's run to seven straight goals with an unassisted tally with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter after dodging from outside the top of the box.
Off the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, the Panthers snapped their scoring drought of 37:54 as long-stick midfielder scored his ninth goal of the season from in front of the cage after taking a pass from behind the right side of the goal from Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year Salvatore Tuttle. Adelphi crept within 7-4 with 11:34 remaining as Nick Watson scored from the right edge of the crease after taking a feed over the top of the goal from Joe Celano. Defenseman Joe Giardina completed the game's scoring with his first goal of the season in a man-down situation with 8:47 left to play after picking up a Le Moyne shot that hit the post.
White, who posted 32 saves in Le Moyne's three tournament games, posted four of his seven saves today in the first half to earn his 15th win of the season. White was joined on the All-Championship team by senior defensemen Josh Klepfer (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) and Alex Cameron-Carter (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius). Eric Janssen, who edged White for second team all-conference honors, suffered his first loss of the year after giving up three goals in the first half, while making five saves. Aidan Bennardo stopped four shots (against four goals allowed) in the second half.
The Dolphins, who have won seven straight games, now await word on who they will play in the NCAA Championships. The eight-team field will be announced on NCAA.com at 7:30 p.m.