Bentley vs. Adelphi
March 31, 2007
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|Kuchta Hat Trick Helps #10 Adelphi Past Bentley, 13-7|
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Freshman Ian Kuchta (Norwalk, Conn.) tallied a hat trick to pace the Panthers' offense and help Adelphi to a 13-7 win over the Bentley men's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Panthers, ranked tenth in the nation, improved to 4-3, while the Falcons fell to 2-3.
Kuchta scored the first goal of the game to put Adelphi on the board, but Bentley answered with a pair of goals midway through the first to take the lead. Sophomore Andy Curtis (Chelmsford/Chelmsford HS) set up junior Scott McCowan (Hopkinton/Hopkinton HS) to even the score at 1-1 before senior Craig Cormier (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor HS) scored to put the Falcons in the lead. The Panthers got back on top with a pair of goals from senior Michael Gongas (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and junior Tyler Burton (Elbridge, N.Y.) before the end of the opening frame.
Adelphi began to pull away with six goals in the second quarter, capped off by three straight tallies in the final two-and-a-half minutes before halftime. Junior Danny Scavone (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and sophomore Chris Woods (Duxbury/Sandwich HS) netted goals for Bentley, but the Panthers took a 9-4 lead at the midway point.
Adelphi continued to outpace the Falcons' offense in the second half, despite two goals from freshman Brad Tunis (Sudbury/Lincoln-Sudbury HS) for his first career multiple-goal game. Bentley held the Panthers off the scoreboard for the final ten minutes of the game, but could only muster goals from Tunis and freshman Kevin Gould (Duxbury/Duxbury HS) to end the game.
Adelphi held a 24-22 edge in shots on goal and got a huge boost from junior Jesse Corben (Merrick, N.Y.) at the face-off X, with Corben winning 16 of 24 face-offs for the Panthers. Freshman Devin Schneiderbauer (Pepperell) made 15 saves to earn the win for Adelphi, while sophomore Zach Gostanian (Andover/Andover HS) stopped 11 shots at the other end for the Falcons.
Bentley is back in action on Tuesday when the Falcons host Merrimack at 7 p.m