Nyit vs. Adelphi
April 18, 2009
The Game Story:

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 18, 2009) - Junior Matt Sullivan (West Islip, N.Y.) recorded a game high eight points on three goals and five assists to lead the No. 3 NYIT menís lacrosse team to a 17-11 win over Adelphi University this afternoon in East Coast Conference action. The victory improves the Bears to 9-1 on the season and 3-1 in the ECC, while Adelphi drops to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the league.

The Bears came out firing, scoring the games first seven goals, and by the time the first quarter had ended, NYIT owned an 8-1 lead. Six different players scored in the first quarter with juniors Bryan Gil (Holbrook, N.Y.) and Austin Carino (Huntington, N.Y.) each scoring twice. Ian Kutch got the Panthers on the board with just :04 seconds remaining in the first and Adelphi would carry that momentum going forward as they outscored the Bears 5-4 in the second quarter. Daniel Gaudetís goal with 5:11 to go pulled Adelphi to within 10-5, but Sullivan responded with consecutive scores just over :30 seconds apart at 3:07 and 2:34 to push the lead back up to 12-5. Joe Vitale closed out the half for Adelphi with his first goal of the game and the Bears lead was cut to 12-6 at the half. The Panthers scored the first two goals of the third quarter with Kevin Kempís at 6:52 of the third making it a 12-9 game. But the Bears responded once again, scoring three of the next four goals in a four minute span to build a 15-9 cushion with just over three minutes left in the third. Danny Blau scored his third of the game as the third period expired for the Panthers, but senior Keith Henderson (Port Jeff Station, N.Y.) and Sullivan opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back scores to squash any hopes of an Adelphi comeback.

Gil, Messina, and Henderson all scored three times in the win and freshman William McGee (Rocky Point, N.Y.) improved to 3-0 on the season as he made 11 saves in goal for the Bears.

Joe Vitale led the Panthers with seven points on two goals and five assists and Blau finished with 3 goals and an assist.

The Bears celebrate senior day as they host Dominican College next Saturday at 1 p.m.