Le Moyne vs. Merrimack
May 2, 2014
The Game Story:
The Dolphins jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the opening eight and one-half minutes. Senior first team all-conference midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) started the game's scoring with an unassisted goal from 10 yards out with 13:01 remaining in the first quarter. Following a turnover by the Warriors, Chadderdon had a shot saved by Merrimack goalkeeper Dom Madonna, but sophomore second team all-conference attackman Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) was able to swat the loose ball into the back of the net at the 8:59 mark. Jenkins gave the Dolphins a 3-0 advantage in an extra-man situation with 6:27 left in the quarter. Merrimack got on the scoreboard with 32 seconds left in the quarter on an unassisted marker from eight yards out by Ryan Poirier. The Warriors trimmed their deficit to one with 9:13 remaining in the second quarter on an unassisted goal from the right edge of the crease by Kyle Guilbert, his 10th of the season. Le Moyne ended its scoreless span of almost 15 minutes off a Merrimack turnover on a clearing attempt. As Andy Basler tried passing the ball back to Madonna, Jenkins checked his stick, which caused the ball to fly into the back of the net with 6:44 remaining. The Warriors scored the final two goals of the half to head into the intermission tied at four. Paul Jones netted his 14th goal of the season with 4:20 remaining after taking a pass from Mike Perdie. Following a Le Moyne turnover with just over one minute left in the half, Tim Towler evened the score with 7.3 seconds left from 10 yards out on the left side off a feed from Jamie Shand. The Dolphins got the scoring started in the third quarter with a pair of goals in a span of six seconds less than two minutes into the stanza. Chadderdon gave the lead back to Le Moyne at the 13:22 mark with a dodge down the right goal line extended. After winning the ensuing faceoff, senior second team all-conference midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) raced up field before sending a pass to junior first team all-conference attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), who flipped a pass to Jenkins on the right edge of the crease for his 27th goal of the year. Merrimack answered back with three goals over a span of just over six minutes to take its first lead of the game. Towler started the streak with an unassisted goal only 48 seconds after Jenkins scored. After having his initial shot saved, Jones scooped up the loose ball and tossed it into the net to tie the score at six with 10:39 remaining. Following an illegal body check on the Dolphins, Schwarz scored in the extra-man situation with 6:20 left after taking a pass from Towler. The Dolphins regained the lead with a pair of goals around the change in quarters. Following a one-minute possession, Bumpus tallied his 19th goal of the season from six yards out with 4:18 left in the third. Just over three minutes into the fourth, senior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) gave the Dolphins the lead with a behind-the-back shot from 10 yards out after taking a feed from behind the net by Kelly. The Warriors took the lead back with two goals over a span of 3:05. After an illegal body check by the Dolphins, Towler scored from the front edge of the crease in the man-up opportunity after receiving a feed from behind the cage from Jones with 9:39 to play. Following a Le Moyne turnover, Guilbert scored from the right edge of the crease with 6:34 remaining off a pass from the left side by Schwarz. Le Moyne countered with a pair of goals 2:02 apart to take a 10-9 lead. Bumpus won the faceoff after Guilbert's goal and raced into the offensive zone before finding Chadderdon on the right side of the box for his 24th goal of the campaign. Just before a two-minute high-hit penalty on the Warriors was to expire, Chadderdon sent a pass from the right side to Kelly cutting in front of the crease for his 41st goal of the season with 4:13 to play. Merrimack scored the final two goals of the contest to pull the semifinal upset for the second time in the last four years. Following a save by junior goalkeeper Pat Brothers (Burlington, Mass./Malden Catholic) on a shot by Perdie, Guilbert knotted the score at 10 apiece with 2:16 remaining. Bumpus won the ensuing faceoff and the Dolphins called timeout with 2:06 left, but the Dolphins committed a crease violation with 39 seconds left. Merrimack cleared the ball and called timeout with 18 seconds left. Out of the timeout, Schwarz started with the ball at the top right corner of the box before sending a pass towards midfield to Perdie. After moving around outside the top of the box, Perdie found Schwarz on the left side of the box, where he fired in a 12-yard shot for his 24th goal of the season with 5.7 seconds left. Bumpus won the ensuing faceoff, but the Dolphins were unable to get a shot off before time expired. Brothers made nine saves in suffering his second loss of the season. Bumpus won 21 of the game's 25 faceoffs and scooped up 18 ground balls. The 21 faceoff victories and the 18 ground balls both establish new program records for a single game and are both the most in the NE-10 this season. Bumpus held the previous ground ball mark of 15, set against Assumption on April 21, 2012, while Corey Bulken '11 had 19 faceoff wins against Saint Michael's on April 9, 2011. With his 15th ground ball of the game, Bumpus eclipsed the single-season program record of 114 ground balls, which he set last year. Madonna, a member of the NE-10 All-Rookie Team, made 14 saves, the second-highest total of his career, to earn his 10th victory of the season between the pipes. Le Moyne (13-2), which has suffered its last three Northeast-10 Conference Championships losses to the Warriors (2010 finals, 2011 semifinals, 2014 semifinals), now awaits word on where it will be seeded in the NCAA Championships. The Dolphins were ranked second in this week's NCAA North Region rankings. The eight-team field will be announced on Sunday night on NCAA.com.