Le Moyne vs. Nyit
May 17, 2003
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sophomore Paul Montali (New City, N.Y.) scored with 27 seconds remaining to lift the New York Institute of Technology past Le Moyne 12-1 in the NCAA Division II Semifinal at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The top-ranked Dolphins end their season at 14-1 overall, while unbeaten No. 2 N.Y. Tech (13-0) advances to next Sunday^s NCAA Championship game against Limestone.

Le Moyne, ranked No. 1 in every USILA poll this season, took an 11-9 lead with 6:36 remaining in the game on a goal by Jason Brown (Watertown, N.Y./Watertown), but New York Tech answered with the final three goals of the game.

Forty-two seconds after Brown^s goal, Montali cut the margin to one at 11-10. With 3:07 remaining, Le Moyne attack Ryan Spillett (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) was whistled for an illegal stick penalty that handed the Bears a man-advantage. Junior Brian Boyle (Westbury, N.Y.) netted the equalizer 35 seconds into the man-advantage.

N.Y. Tech took advantage of a failed clear attempt to score the game-winning goal. Tom Zummo (Islip, N.Y.) collected a ground ball near midfield off a long pass from Le Moyne goalkeeper Tom Kimble (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) which he fed to Montali who beat Kimble top-shelf to send the Bears to Baltimore.

Junior Frank Lawrence (Miller Place, N.Y.) scored four goals and assisted on two to lead the N.Y. Tech offense. Zummo, Montali, Joe Gabrysiak (Wantagh, N.Y.) netted two goals each. Senior Matt Hunter (Wantagh, N.Y.) made 14 saves for the Bears, including seven in the second quarter.

Le Moyne sophomore Brandon Spillett (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) netted four goals and assisted on two. Brown scored three goals, all in the fourth quarter, including two within a 1:25 stretch that delivered the Dolphins 9-8 lead with 13:20 left in the fourth. Kimble stopped 12 shots for the Dolphins.

N.Y. Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Lawrence and Gabrysiak. The Dolphins scored three goals in the second quarter to pull within a goal at the half.

Neither team led by more than two goals throughout the contest. Le Moyne outshot the visitors 45-41, picked up nine more ground balls (61-52) and won two more faceoffs. The Bears converted two-of-three EMO^s, while Le Moyne did not score on its two attempts. N.Y. Tech converted 20-of-24 clear attempts, while Le Moyne clear 19-of-27 attempts. Le Moyne senior two-time All-America Paul Isgar (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) picked up a game-high 10 ground balls.

N.Y. Tech^s win sets up a rematch with Limestone in next Sunday^s title game at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Le Moyne^s 14-1 season set a program record for victories.