Le Moyne vs. Nyit
May 22, 2004
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ^ Sophomore goalkeeper Jared Corcoran (Concord, N.H./Concord) made 15 saves, including 10 in the second half as No. 1 Le Moyne advanced to its first NCAA Championship game in school history with a 7-5 win over New York Institute of Technology at Le Moyne^s Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The Dolphins (15-0) advance to play co-No.1 Limestone (15-0) in the NCAA Division II Men^s Lacrosse Championship on May 30 at 3 p.m.

N.Y. Tech controlled the opening faceoff and Tom Zummo (Islip, N.Y.) converted an unassisted goal 34 seconds into the contest, but Le Moyne stifled the Bears^ offense over the next 38 minutes. Junior midfielder Kyle Reichel (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa) and junior attack Brandon Spillett (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored goals over a span of 51 seconds to put the Dolphins up 2-1 in the first quarter.

Le Moyne tacked on two goals in the second quarter. Junior midfielder Bob Tulowiecki (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) finished off a feed from Reichel to put the Dolphins up 3-1 and Matt Holdridge (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) made it 4-1 Le Moyne at the half.

The Dolphins extended it to a 6-1 edge on goals from Ryan Lewis (Minoa, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa) and Tulowiecki early in the third quarter.

Paul Montali (New City, N.Y.) ended the N.Y. Tech scoring drought on a man-advantage goal with six minutes and eight seconds remaining in the third quarter that made it 6-2.

Le Moyne^s Holdridge brothers combined for the first goal of the final quarter. Matt Holdridge needled a pass to Dan Holdridge (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) in front of the net where he deposited it past Bears goalkeeper Anthony Letterel (West Islip, N.Y.) to make it a five-goal game with 13:36 remaining.

N.Y. Tech scored the final three goals, including two in the final 22 seconds. With Corcoran and Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year Travis Tarr (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) sidelined for penalties, Zummo scored a man-advantage goal to make it 7-4. Midfielder Joe Vasold (Wantagh, N.Y.) won the ensuing faceoff and scored to pull the Bears within two goals.

Vasold won the final faceoff, but Le Moyne specialist Chris Moore (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa), who won 11-of-13 faceoffs, collected a loose ball off a stick check from Ted Rund (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) and the Dolphins were able to run out the clock.

Corcoran made 15 of Le Moyne^s 17 saves and allowed four of the five goals. Sophomore Ryan Fennell (South Salem, N.Y.) stopped two shots and allowed one goal in the 41 seconds that Corcoran was serving an illegal body check penalty. Letterel made 12 saves for N.Y Tech Tulowiecki scored two goals to lead Le Moyne, while Zummo^s two tallies paced the Bears.

Le Moyne outshot the visitors 35-30 and won 12-of-16 faceoffs. The two clubs were credited with 39 ground balls each. The Bears were held under 10 goals for the first time this season.

N.Y. Tech, the defending national champions, had ended Le Moyne^s season in each of the last two NCAA tournaments. The Bears topped Le Moyne 12-9 in 2002 and 12-11 last season.

Limestone won the Southwest regional over Mercyhurst 14-12. The national championship game, which will be broadcast live on CSTV, is scheduled for 3 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, May 30.