Adelphi vs. Le Moyne
May 5, 2013
The Game Story:
Late Push Not Enough as Men's Lacrosse Falls in NE-10 Finals to Le Moyne, 7-5
The Panthers jumped out to an early 2-0 but were unable to overcome a five goal deficit heading into the fourth.
Adelphi Athletics
5/5/2013 4:19:00 PM


Gregory Puskuldjian went 8-10 on faceoffs and scored the Panther's first goal of the game.
Box Score

Garden City, N.Y. – Earlier this afternoon, the top seeded men's lacrosse team hosted the third seeded Dolphins of Le Moyne College in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. The Panthers found themselves trailing by five at the half and made a run in the fourth, but it was not enough as they wound up on the short end of a 7-5 score. With the loss, the Panthers claim Runner-Up honors and will wait to see how their 13-2 overall record stacks up against the region later this evening when the NCAA field is announced.

The Panther's scoring came from five different players this afternoon with Kevin Kennedy, Nick Watson, Gregory Puskuldjian, Jamie McAndrew and Joe Giardina all finding the back of the net. Salvatore Tuttle and Joe Celano each registered one assist as well.

Joseph Sciara scooped up a team high seven ground balls while Jeff Melsopp and Tyler FeliceJennings combined for five caused turnovers. Puskuldjian impressed on faceoffs by winning eight of 10 while Rashad Cureton won half of his six attempts.

Eric Janssen and Aidan Bennardo split the action evenly with Janssen taking the first half, allowing just three goals with five saves while Bennardo's second half performance included four goals against and four saves.

For Le Moyne, Joe Corapi and Nate Frechette recorded two goals each with Andrew Chadderdon, Kam Bumpus and Alex Westerhoff rounding out the scoring contingent with one goal apiece. Cage minder Jeff White was the winning goalie after logging all 60 minutes, allowing five goals and making seven saves.

Just eight seconds in from the opening faceoff, Puskuldjian scooped up his first ground ball of the game, went straight to cage and fired a shot that found the back of the net to give the Panthers the early 1-0 advantage. McAndrew followed the effort up after a successful shot from six meters out that beat White, making it a 2-0 affair.

Before the first quarter came to an end, Westerhoff got Le Moyne on the board courtesy of a feed from Tyler Prevost. The goal marked the first of what would be seven unanswered as Frechette and Bumpus went on to score one each in the second to make it a 3-2 game at the midway point.

After being held scoreless in the middle two quarters, the Panthers slipped further into a deficit as the visitors rattled off four more goals in the third period alone to cap a 7-0 run and make it 7-2 as the game headed into the fourth.

Kennedy, on a textbook play from Tuttle, notched his ninth goal of the year just 14 seconds into the final quarter. Celano connected with Watson just three minutes later further cut the lead to 7-4, and then Giardina, after scooping up a ground ball in their own territory, sprinted down field and took a long shot from 12 yards out that sailed right passed White for his first goal of his collegiate career on a man down opportunity.

With 8:47 remaining after Giardina's score, the Panthers were stopped in their tracks as they were unable to further bridge the gap, ultimately falling 7-5.

Janssen and Melsopp were named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts throughout the semi-finals and finals.

Prior to today's loss, the Panthers were the top seed in the North Region. Their 13-2 record should be enough to get them into the NCAA Tournament, but they will have to wait and see when the field of eight is announced tonight at 7:30pm on NCAA.com

2013 Men's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
Jeff Melsopp – Adelphi
Eric Janssen – Adelphi
Corey Lunney – Merrimack
Chris DeMairo – St. Michael's College
Alex Cameron Carter – Le Moyne
Josh Klepfer – Le Moyne
Jeff White – Le Moyne (Most Outstanding Player)