Adelphi vs. Saint Michael's
April 12, 2014
The Game Story:
Box Score Garden City, N.Y. - The top ranked Adelphi University men's lacrosse team blitzed visiting Saint Michael's College, scoring 14 first half goals, on their way to a 19-11 victory on a sun drenched Saturday on Motamed Field. WIth the win, the Panthers improve to 12-0 overall and 9-0 in the Northeast-10, while the visiting Purple Knights slip to 3-8 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The Brown and Gold got goals off of 14 different sticks against Saint Michael's, led by Salvatore Tuttle, Nick Susko, Joe Celano and Robert Rossi. Tuttle had a team-high three tallies, while Susko, Celano and Rossi each found the back of the goal on two occassions. Celano paired his two goals with two assists, while Gregory Puskuldjian and Luke Spitzer each picked up three points on one goal and two assists. Celano also led the Panther defense, causing three turnovers, while teammates Tyler Felice Jennings and Sean Hinchy chipped in two apiece. Puskuldjian was his usual dominant self at the face-off spot, winning 13 of 18 attempts, while collecting a team-leading nine ground balls. Daniel Moriarty also had a strong day on the face-off, winning 10 of his 15 attempts and grabbing seven ground balls. All four Adelphi netminders saw action this afternoon, led by Aidan Bennardo, who made three stops in his 12th win of the season. DJ Mauro made four saves in 17 minutes of action and John McGrath and Keith McDermott made one stop each. Brandon Goodwin got the Panthers on the board 4:56 into the action and Susko's first tally of the game, 26 seconds later put Adelph ahead, 2-0. However, the Purple Knights halved the Adelphi lead with a goal at the 8:33 mark, but a Watson solo effort, 43 seconds later, kicked off a run of seven straight goals that ended on a Rossi tally at the 12 minute mark of the second frame, 9-1. Saint Michael's stopped the bleeding, putting a ripple in the back of the Panther goal with 10:05 left in the second quarter. However, the relentless Adelphi offense answered right back, as Tuttle took advantage of a Ralph Faiella feed, beating the visiting goal and sparking a 6-0 run, that was capped by a Celano goal, effectively putting the game away, 15-2 in the third quarter. The Purple Knights trailed 19-5 heading into the final frame, but outscored Adelphi, 6-0 in the fourth quarter, but ran out of time, securing a Brown and Gold victory, 19-11. Adelphi held an edge in shots, 56-34, doubled up the visitors in ground balls, 54-25 and committed less turnovers, 18-24, while winning the face-off battle, 23-10.