Le Moyne Upends Adelphi to Make NCAA Title Game
from press release
|Le Moyne downed Adelphi and will
face top-ranked Mercyhurst for the national title at Lincoln
Financial Field in Philadelphia.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and sophomore attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) each scored five goals to lead the third-ranked and third-seeded Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 16-13 win over fourth-ranked and top-seeded Adelphi University on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championships at Motamed Field.
The Dolphins advance to their seventh NCAA Division II Championship game (all in the last 10 years) and will take on the South Region's top seed, #1 nationally-ranked Mercyhurst College, on Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dolphins captured the 2006 National Championship at Lincoln Financial Field with a 12-5 win over Dowling College.
The Panthers, who defeated New York Tech, 14-11, last Saturday in the quarterfinals, scored three times in the opening six minutes and 57 seconds. Jamie McAndrew started the scoring 1:24 into the game after taking a feed from Brian Prendergast. Just 64 seconds later, Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year Salvatore Tuttle registered his 25th goal of the season. After the Panthers backed up a Le Moyne shot with 8:38 remaining in the quarter, Tuttle netted his second goal of the day 35 seconds later to give Adelphi a 3-0 lead and force a Le Moyne timeout.
Le Moyne, which allowed at least 10 goals, but won for just the third time since the beginning of the 2007 season (3-7), responded with three goals over a span of one minute and 43 seconds. After a save by senior goalkeeper Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS), senior attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga C.C.) got the Dolphins on the scoreboard with his 18th goal of the season off a pass from senior midfielder Doug Bailey (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) with 6:18 remaining. Just 70 seconds later, Prevost fed senior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) for his 28th goal of the campaign. Chadderdon then tied the score with his 25th tally of the year from the right edge of the crease with 4:35 left.
Adelphi regained the lead with 2:17 remaining as Robert Rossi found the back of the net. Off a restart behind the right side of the goal with just 1.2 seconds remaining, Joe Celano sent a shot into the net with just 0.4 seconds to go off a pass from Nick Watson.
The Dolphins ran off four straight goals in the second quarter to take a 7-5 lead. Junior faceoff specialist Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) won the opening faceoff and raced in to score his 16th goal of the season just seven seconds into the quarter. Following an Adelphi slashing penalty, junior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored 18 seconds into the extra-man situation with a low shot from six yards after taking a pass from Prevost to tie the score at five with 11:37 remaining. Chadderdon gave the Dolphins their first lead of the game with an unassisted goal with 4:51 left in the half. Kelly tallied his first goal of the day with 3:07 to go off a pass from Prevost.
The Panthers completed the scoring in the half on an unassisted goal by Jamie McAndrew with 1:45 remaining in the stanza.
Following a save by White with 13:15 left in the third quarter, the Dolphins scored in transition as Frechette sent a pass to the right edge of the crease to Prevost, who sent an across the crease pass to Kelly, who tossed a shot into the back of the net with 13:04 left.
The Panthers responded off the ensuing faceoff as long-stick midfielder Kevin Kennedy scored from the right alley off a pass from Tuttle.
The Dolphins countered with back-to-back goals in a span of 2:10. In a man-down situation, Kelly picked up a loose ball on the left side of the goal and then fired in a shot from the left edge of the crease with 12:15 remaining. Chadderdon then sent a low shot into the left corner from the right edge of the crease to give the Dolphins a 10-7 lead with 10:05 left.
Adelphi answered back with consecutive goals in a span of 1:34 to cut its deficit to one. Tuttle registered both goals with the first coming at 8:47 and the second coming at 7:13 after picking up a loose ball.
Junior faceoff specialist Cameron Fedish (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) won the ensuing faceoff and sent a pass up field to Frechette, who found Kelly on the crease for his fourth goal of the contest with 7:07 left. Chadderdon completed the quarter's scoring with 5:28 remaining by recording his fourth goal of the day off a feed from Frechette.
The Panthers started the scoring in the fourth quarter as Prendergast scored in an extra-man situation at the 13:34 mark, but Fedish won the ensuing faceoff and sent another pass to Frechette, who dished to Kelly again for his career high-tying fifth goal of the game.
Adelphi scored the next two goals, 4:47 apart, to close its deficit to one, 13-12. After picking up a ground ball, Tuttle sent a pass to Patrick Starke, who fired in his 12th goal of the season. After the Panthers failed to convert any of their next six shots (two White saves), Rossi scored his second goal of the day with 5:19 left after picking up a ground ball.
After Adelphi goalkeeper Eric Janssen turned the ball over after making a save, Chadderdon pushed Le Moyne's lead to two with his career-high fifth goal of the game with 2:42 left after dodging down the right alley. Off the ensuing faceoff, redshirt senior long-stick midfielder Brian Craig (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) picked up the loose ball and sent a pass to Frechette, who rifled in his team-leading 29th goal of the campaign. With time running down on a stall warning, Button scored his 26th goal of the year off a pass from behind the cage from Frechette with 50.5 seconds left.
Tuttle completed the game's scoring with 29 seconds left on a shot from the right edge of the crease.
White finished the game with nine saves to earn his 17th win of the season, the second-most in a single season by a Le Moyne netminder. Frechette tied his career high with six points on two goals and a career high-tying four assists. Prevost's four assists give him 40 on the season, the fifth-most in a season by a Dolphin and the most since Ryan Spillett '03 had 43 in 2003. His five points push Prevost to 58 on the year, the most by a Dolphin since Mike McDonald '08 had 59 in 2008. Janssen stopped just five shots in suffering his second loss of the season, both at the hands of the Dolphins.
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