Balanced Effort Guides Adelphi Past St. Anselm
from press release
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The second ranked Adelphi University men's lacrosse team invited Saint Anselm College onto Motamed Field on Saturday, March 15 in their Northeast-10 opener. The Panthers built a 9-2 lead in the first half, holding on for a 14-8 victory. With the win, the Brown and Gold remain undefeated at 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Hawks continue to search for their first win at 0-3 and 0-1 in the NE-10.
Four Panthers scored two goals each, as Salvatore Tuttle, Jamie McAndrew, Brandon Goodwin, and Brian Creegan found the back of the Saint Anselm goal twice. Nick Watson led all players with three assists and added a goal. Greg Puskuldjian won 18 of 22 face-offs he took, helping Adelphi control the pace of the game and had a game-high nine ground balls.
The Brown and Gold scored three times in the first frame, with the first tally coming just 48 seconds into the contest, courtesy of a McAndrew solo effort. Tuttle and Connor Duddy added the other two goals, while the Panther defense kept the visitors off the board, 3-0. The Hawks Geoff Kennedy took advantage of an Adelphi penalty, scoring a man-up goal 23 ticks into the second period, pulling Saint Anselm within two goals, 3-1.
However, Adelphi would answer, resoundingly. Duddy found Goodwin at the 9:49 mark, for the Panthers fourth goal of the contest and the second quarter flood gates opened. The Brown and Gold ripped off six straight goals, with two from Goodwin, Creegan, and one each from Watson and Tim Daly. The scoring spree lasted just over nine minutes and put Adelphi ahead, 9-1. Saint Anselm would get one tally back, striking with just 11 seconds left in the half, getting within seven goals.
The second half was a more even affair, as the Hawks out scored the hosts, 6-5. But, it was not enough, thanks to goals from Joe Celano, McAndrew, Ikerson Hopper, Luke Spitzer and Tuttle were enough to secure a 14-8 win for Adelphi. The Brown and Gold held an edge in every major statistical category, out shooting the Hawks, 45-38 (23-22 on goal), grabbing more ground balls, 47-37 and winning more face-offs, 19-6. .
Adelphi returns to the field on Tuesday, March 18 when they welcome American International College to Motamed Field for a 4:00 pm game.
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