Warriors' Season Ends in Heartbreaker at FDU-Florham

MADISON, N.J. Lycoming jumped out to a five-goal lead early in Monday's Middle Atlantic Conference first-round game, but FDU-Florham stormed back, with Adam Koontz scoring from the top of the wing with 0.4 seconds left to take an 8-7 decision at Shields Field.

The Devils (11-6 overall) advance to the semifinals of the MAC Championship, as they will face No. 2 seed Messiah on Wednesday, May 4.

Senior J.B. Campanella (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle) stopped a 5-1 run by the Devils early in the fourth quarter as he got the ball near midfield and ran the right sideline before curling in and depositing a shot past the FDU keeper just outside the crease to give the Warriors a two-goal lead.

The Devils answered back with 9:12 remaining, though, as Paul Colflesh caused a turnover in the backfield and ran the length of the field for a score. With 2:37 left, Colflesh struck again from the wing, tying the score at seven and setting up Koontz's game-winner.

In the first quarter, the Warriors (9-8 overall) took control early and dominated en route to a 5-0 lead midway through the second. Junior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) set up the first goal with a dish to junior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor), who dented the twine from close range. Four minutes later, Payne scored again.

A minute later, Payne dished out an assist, as senior Ryan O'Connor (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) found the back of the net from the right side to make it 3-0. With a minute left in the half, senior Josh Perrault (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) found freshman Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder), who bounced a laser off the top back corner of the net.

In the second quarter, sophomore Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) found freshman Bryce Apple (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) for a tally. However, the Devils fought back into the game with a pair of goals in the next five minutes. A minute before halftime, though, the Warriors stopped the Devils' momentum as Apple returned the favor, finding Romano at the wing and Romano fired into the upper right corner to make it 6-2.

The Devils struck again in the third quarter to make it 6-3 as Colflesh connected from the right side and after the Warriors killed a two-man advantage for FDU-Florham, Cody McHugh scored twice late in the quarter to make it a one-goal game.

Payne led the Warriors with two goals and an assist and both Romano and Apple posted a goal and an assist. O'Connor posted a goal and three groundballs and Campanella notched a goal and three caused turnovers.

Colflesh led the Devils with three goals and an assist and Koontz added three scores. Greg Kasper led the defense with two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

In net, senior Alan Antinarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) stopped seven shots and led the Warriors with four groundballs. Dino Vitale picked up 14 saves for the Devils in the win, also notching a team-high three groundballs.

The Warriors finished the season 9-8 overall, as they posted their fourth straight winning campaign and the 10th winning season in the program's 15-year history.


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