Le Moyne vs. Saint Anselm
May 1, 2009
The Game Story:
Syracuse, N.Y. - Sophomore midfielder Matt Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) scored a career-high five goals, including three in the opening 4:37 of the contest, to lead the #1-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 16-2 win over Saint Anselm in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference tournament on Friday afternoon at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

Chadderdon opened the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 13:23 mark of the first quarter. Less than two minutes later he scored his second goal off a feed from senior midfielder Brian Welch (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca). Just 18 seconds later the second team all-conference selection completed his hat-trick after taking a pass from classmate Nick DiSarro (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna). Off the ensuing face-off, senior long-stick midfielder Marc Cizenski (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) took a pass from sophomore attackman Jack Venditti (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and scored his first goal of the season and just the third of his career. First team all-conference attackman Jack Harmatuk (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Syracuse U.) closed out the quarter with an unassisted goal at the 3:27 mark.

Just over six minutes into the second quarter, Chadderdon extended the Le Moyne lead to 6-0 with a goal off a pass from Venditti. Welch, a first team all-conference midfielder, tallied his first of two goals in the game with 5:50 remaining in the half after taking a pass from Harmatuk. Welch fed Venditti for an extra-man goal just off the crease with 1:04 left to give the Dolphins an eight-goal advantage. The Hawks broke through with just four seconds remaining in the first half as first team all-conference attackman Chris Murphy scored an unassisted goal.

Chadderdon completed his scoring with an unassisted goal just 47 seconds into the third quarter. Venditti added a second man-up goal off a feed from Harmatuk with just over 10 minutes remaining in the period. Welch scored an unassisted goal as the 5:36 mark and DiSarro finished off a feed from freshman Sean Connors (Camillus, N.Y./Marcellus) to extend the Le Moyne lead to 12-1 with 4:01 left. Freshman Taylor Brooks (Cypress, Tex./Cy-Fair) closed out the scoring in the stanza with a goal with five seconds left off a pass from junior Keith Vetter (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt).

Le Moyne increased its lead to 16-1 midway through the final quarter on goals by freshman Mike Byrnes (Tully, N.Y./Tully) just 39 seconds in, Connors off a pass from classmate Brian Craig (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) and Vetter off a feed from Connors. Saint Anselm completed the scoring with 3:15 to go as Ryan Henry converted a feed from Tyler Steinetz.

Senior goalkeeper of the year Doug McIver (Altamont, N.Y./Albany Academy) made seven saves, allowing just one goal, in just over 42 minutes of action.

Le Moyne (14-0) returns to action on Sunday against fourth-ranked Merrimack at 12:00 p.m. The Dolphins, who will be playing in the championship game for the 10th straight season, defeated the Warriors, 5-4, in North Andover, Mass. on April 11.