Hopper, No. 5 Adelphi Turn Away No. 6 NYIT
from press release
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The #5 Adelphi men's lacrosse team faced off against the #6 Bears of NYIT on Saturday afternoon in front of the home crowd on Motamed Field. In their second straight victory over a nationally ranked opponent, the Panthers recorded an 11-9 victory and improve to 2-0 on the season while the Bears slip to to 3-1.
The Panthers were led by Ikerson Hopper, who recorded six points behind five goals and one assist. Brian Prendergast recorded four points behind three goals and one assist while Salvatore Tuttle recorded three points off two goals and one assist. Kevin Kennedy rounded out the Adelphi scoring contingent with one goal. He and Joseph Sciara led the Panthers on defense as they each picked up three ground balls. Aidan Bennardo started and split the time with Eric Janssen in the cage; Janssen picked up the victory as each recorded six saves and saw 30 minutes of action.
Just 19 seconds into the first quarter, Hopper took a shot from behind his back and beat NYIT goalie Joe Fallon for the score to put Adelphi up 1-0. Hopper's second of the day came five minutes later with 9:49 remaining in the first quarter off of an assist from Prendergast to put the Brown and Gold up 2-0.
Cory Triola answered with one for the Bears near the six minute mark, but Tuttle's first of the contest put Adelphi back in front by a pair, 3-1, at the end of the first quarter.
A third Hopper goal opened up the scoring for the Panthers in the second quarter as he found the back of the net at 12:42 to put his team up 4-1. The Panthers would get few looks on cage throughout the duration of the second half while NYIT's Ryan Brunet and Shawn Murphy both scored for the visitors to pull them within one, 4-3, with 2:17 to go.
Kennedy answered back for the Panthers off an assist from Hopper to put Adelphi back up by two, 5-3 with less than two minutes to go until halftime. With 1:12 to go, Murphy scored his second of the frame for the visiting Bears and trimmed Adelphi's lead to 5-4 at halftime.
Less than a minute into the third quarter, NYIT's Luke Miller notched in his eighth goal of the season to tie the action at 5-5. Robert Rossi dished the ball to Prendergast who found the back of the net, giving Adelphi the one goal cushion, but NYIT's Mike Ross knotted the game at 6-6 less than a minute later. Ross' second straight score gave the Bears their first lead of the afternoon, 7-6, with 2:18 remaining in the third quarter.
Hopper found the back of the net once again on an unassisted play for his fourth goal of the afternoon with 1:15 remaining in the third and the game headed to the fourth frame tied at 7-7.
Prendergast's second goal of the day came just two minutes into the final quarter off of an assist from Tuttle and put the Panthers back in the lead, 8-7. However, with 9:45 to go, Miller's second of the day would knot the score at 8-8. Prendergast and Miller would exchange goals within a minute of each other to bring the game to its fifth tie of the afternoon at 9-9.
With 8:32 remaining, Tuttle's fourth goal of the season put the Panthers in the lead for good as he found the back of the cage to put the Brown and Gold up 10-9. Hopper's fifth and final goal of the day came in a man-up situation with 3:40 remaining, as he took a pass from Nick Olson and added an insurance goal to seal the deal, 11-9.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, March 16 when they travel to Manchester, New Hampshire for their first Northeast-10 contest of the season against the Hawks of Saint Anselm. The game is scheduled for 2 pm.