Adelphi vs. Saint Anselm
April 21, 2012
The Game Story:
Garden City, N.Y. – The #5 men's lacrosse team played host to the unranked Hawks of St. Anselm College earlier this 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.