White, Prevost Helps Le Moyne Double Up Merrimack
from press release
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior goalkeeper Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS) made a career high-tying 16 saves and senior attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga C.C.) recorded five points to lead the fourth-ranked and third-seeded Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to an 8-4 win over sixth-ranked and second-seeded Merrimack College on Friday night in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Championships at Martone-Mejail Field.
With the victory, the Dolphins improve to 14-2 on the year and advance to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship game for the 13th time in the last 14 years. The Dolphins will face #2 nationally-ranked and top-seeded Adelphi University on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Garden City, N.Y. Of the 13 title game appearances, Sunday will be just the second not contested in Syracuse (2007 at Bryant, a 5-4 win). The Panthers advanced to the finals with a 22-6 win over fourth-seeded and #11-ranked Saint Michael's College. During the regular season, Adelphi knocked off the Dolphins, 10-9, in overtime on April 6.
After White made a save following a three-minute Merrimack possession, junior all-conference midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) got the Dolphins on the scoreboard at the 9:19 mark after taking a pass from Prevost. Senior midfielder Doug Bailey (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) extended the lead to two with his seventh goal of the season with 6:44 remaining. Prevost picked up his second assist of the game with 3:19 left in the first quarter as senior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) netted his 24th goal of the campaign, which forced a Merrimack timeout.
Merrimack broke through with its first goal with 1:21 remaining in the opening quarter as Northeast-10 Player of the Year Corey Lunney tallied his 44th goal of the year.
Le Moyne, which fell to the Warriors in the regular season, 5-3, scored the only two goals of the second quarter. After a Merrimack turnover, freshman midfielder/attackman Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) scored from the left wing with 12:48 remaining after taking a pass from sophomore midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool). Following almost seven and one-half minutes of scoreless action, Frechette registered his team-best 25th goal of the season off another pass from Prevost, who had caused a turnover to gain possession for the Dolphins.
Merrimack, which scored its fewest goals since a 6-4 home loss to the Dolphins on April 16, 2011, a span of 36 games, opened the scoring in the third quarter as Jamie Shand finished off a feed from Mike Perdie with 13:00 remaining to end a scoring drought of 18:21.
Le Moyne regained its four-goal lead after the defense backed up an errant shot by Shand. After the Dolphins cleared the ball, Prevost scored from the right edge of the crease with 5:24 left after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy).
The Dolphins extended their lead to 7-2 with 13:32 remaining as Corapi fired in a 15-yard shot for his 20th goal of the year after taking a pass from Prevost.
Merrimack attempted to rally with two goals in a span of 2:25. After a Le Moyne penalty, Lunney scored in the man-up situation after taking a pass from DJ Brown with 10:34 remaining. Following a Le Moyne turnover, the Warriors cleared the ball before Brett Axelson found Greg Melaugh in front of the cage for his 40th tally of the year with 8:09 left.
Le Moyne, which posted an 8-4 win in the NE-10 semifinals for the second straight year (Saint Michael's in 2012), finished off the game's scoring with 3:57 remaining as sophomore attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) netted his 17th goal of the season from the crease off a pass from Bailey.
Two minutes ran off the clock before the Warriors were able to put a shot on goal, which was saved by White. The Dolphins then cleared the ball and ran out the clock.
White picked up his 54th career victory after equaling his career-best save total. Tonight marked the fourth time in his career he has stopped 16 shots. Connor Reagan, who edged White for NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year honors, made six saves (against eight goals allowed) in suffering his third loss of the season. With his four assists, Prevost moved into sixth place on the program's single-season assist chart with 35 helpers, the most by a Dolphin since Ryan Spillett '03 handed out 43 in 2003.