Adelphi Bests Bentley, Hosts Merrimack Sunday
from press release
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The top seeded Adelphi University men's lacrosse team clung to a 4-3 lead at the half, but erupted for nine second half goals to collect a 13-8 victory over #4 Bentley University in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Championship tournament on Friday, May 2 on Motamed Field. With the victory Adelphi improves to 15-1 overall and advance to the programs second straight Northeast-10 Championship game, while the Falcons finish the season at 8-7.
Jamie McAndrew led the way for Adelphi with two goals and two assists, while Ikerson Hopper and Connor Duddy both chipped in three goals. Salvatore Tuttle found the back of the Bentley net twice, while seven other players registered one point.
Aidan Bennardo kept the Panthers in the game early, making 16 saves, including nine in the first half of play, earning his 15th victory of the season. The Panthers caused five Falcon turnovers and two each came from Joe Giardina and Ralph Faiella, while Gregory Puskuldjian won 12 of the 18 face-offs he took and racked up seven ground balls.
Bentley kept the game low scoring in the first quarter, controlling the ball and sandwiching two goals around a Duddy tally. The first 10 minutes of the second half were more of the same, until McAndrew scored his first of the game, with 5:35 on the clock, knotting the game at two. Bentley responded 55 seconds later with Bobby Kinds second goal of the game to re-take the lead, 3-2. However, the Brown and Gold got two goals in the final 2:42 off the sticks of Celano and Hopper to enter halftime with a one goal lead, 4-3.
Duddy opened the second half scoring 2:52 into the action, but the Falcons scored back-to-back goals, including a man-up score from Hinds that tied the game at 5-5 with 8:51 to play. Just 30 seconds later Puskuldjian grabbed a contested ground ball in front of the net and slammed a shot home, past Bentley's Josh Baker to put the Panthers back on top, 6-5 and spark a four goal run that included tallies from Duddy and Hopper. Hopper scored the last two goals and put Adelphi on top, 9-5 with 1:59 left in the third.
Cutler Diamond put ripple in the back of the Adelphi goal with just eight ticks left in the third to pull Bentley within three goals heading into the final 15 minutes of action. The first eight minutes of the period were a stalemate, until McAndrew fired a ball past Baker, breaking the drought and igniting a three goal Panther spurt that featured back-to-back nettings from Tuttle and effectively ended the contest, 12-6. Bentley would score twice more and Eddie Desiderio closed out the scoring, handing the home team a 13-8 victory.
The Panthers return to action on Sunday, May 4 when they play host to third seeded Merrimack College at noon on Motamed Field. This is the Panther third appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship in the past four seasons and Adelphi is seeking its second title.
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