Adelphi's Men Lax Defeat St. Anselm
The #5 men's lacrosse team played host to the unranked Hawks of St. Anselm College Saturday afternoon on Motamed Field in a Northeast-10 Conference contest. Despite a slow start, the Panther offense picked up throughout the game while solid defensive efforts and an outstanding job by goalie Eric Jannsen kept the visitors at bay. When all was said and done, Adelphi came out on top 12-2 to advance to 11-2, 7-2 NE-10 while their counterparts drop to 8-4, 5-3 NE-10.
The matchup was a slow going affair in the first with just Joe Celano (3G) and Doug Quednau (1G) successfully finding the back of the cage out of 17 total team shots.
The Panthers final got going just a few ticks past the seven minute mark in the second when Celano, on a feed from Kevin Kennedy (2G, 1A) sparked a four goal run. At the 6:19 mark, Greg Puskuldjian (2G) made good on a shot from Joe Vitale (3A) to make it a 4-0 game.
Puskuldjian, just five seconds later off of the faceoff, went to cage and again scored for his second goal of the game. Currently boasting the highest winning percentage in division II, he would finish the game 11-14 on faceoffs.
Kennedy rounded out the run with an unassisted and athletic goal at the 3:36 mark.
St. Anselm finally responded with Kyle Murphy (1G) notching his third goal of the season off of an Andrew Messner (1A) pass with 19 seconds left before the half. James Peters struck with a goal to open up the third, but it would be as close as the visitors would get.
Kennedy came through once again on a man down opportunity at 9:47 and was followed up by a Celano score from a Danny Blau (1G, 1A) assist while Kieran Riegel (1G) capped three-goal third, extending the lead to 9-2.
The first two of the Panther's three final quarter goals were courtesy of Vitale with Blau taking advantage of a man-up opportunity and Shane Wynn (1G) notching his ninth goal of the game. Anthony Caponi capped the afternoon with the Brown and Gold's 12th and final goal of the game.
Jannsen played 57:41 minutes in cage, allowed just two goals, made nine saves and picked up his 11th win in the process.
Adelphi outshot St. Anselm 46-23, doubled up their counterparts in ground balls (40-20, and won 12 of 16 faceoffs.
The Panthers return to action next week on Saturday, April 28 when they host the Falcons of Bentley College in their final game of the 2012 regular season. Senior Day will also be celebrated during the matchup. Watch the live web cast at www.aupanthers.tv or get updates via Twitter by following @AUPanthers.
Lady Panthers Lax Secure 13th Win
Adelphi's #2 women's lacrosse team took on the #8 Falcons of Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Conference contest. Courtesy of a four-goal opening half run, and another run of six in the second, the Panthers managed to secure their 13th win of the season by way of a 20-11 victory. With the win ,Adelphi moves to 13-1, 10-1 NE-10 while Bentley's record stands at 10-5, 7-3 NE-10.
The first 5:37 of action in the opening half was Panther dominated with Erica Devito (3G), Sara Sangiorgio (3G, 1A), Alexa Froccaro (3G, 1A) and Marissa Mills (4G) all putting in the first of their multiple goal games. Impressively, the quartet combined for 13 of the Panther's 20 total goals in the game.
Bentley's Jackie Brown (4G) temporarily put a band aid on the bleeding, putting in her first of four goals to finally get her team on the board at 4-1. Alex Carney, Brown, Taylor Bastien, Chelsea Larivee and Amy Ernst all put in a goal for the hosts, bringing their first half total to six.
On the other end, two goals by Meg Brown (3G), and a score each by Lauren Janelli (1G), Devan Crimi (2G, 1A),Stefani Jackson (1G), Froccaro and Mills kept the Panther advantage at five with the score reading 11-6 at the break.
Cori Geiger cut the lead to four on a successful free position shot, but Adelphi responded with six unanswered goals to grow their advantage to 10, the largest of the game.
Bentley would go on to score on four more occasions, but it just was not enough as Adelphi proved to be too much to handle and secured the win on the 20th and final goal of the game by Sangiorgio.
The Panthers outshot Bentley 41-25, picked up 16 ground balls, was successful in all but one clear (16 of 17), and converted on 5-10 free position shots.
Jordann Dempsey picked up her 11th win of the year as she logged all 60 minutes in cage, allowed 11 goals and made seven saves.
The #2 Panthers are back in action when they travel to New Haven, Connecticut to take on the #6 Chargers of the University of New Haven in their final Northeast-10 Conference matchup of the season.