#2 Adelphi Opens Season with Win over St. Rose

Garden City, N.Y. - The #2 Panthers hosted the Golden Knights of St. Rose in the season opener earlier tonight on Motamed Field. After six first quarter goals, Adelphi never looked back and tacked on another eight before the conclusion of the game to take the 14-9 win. With the victory, the Panthers move to 1-0, while first year program St. Rose drops to 0-2.

The Panthers got 10 points out of senior Joe Vitale as he notched three goals and dished out a game high seven assists while Jamie McAndrew dumped in three goals as well. Shane Wynn, Joe Celano and Kevin Kennedy scored two goals apiece while Kieran Riegel and Ken Fundus chipped in with a goal each. Michael Rossie did his part with three assists.

Joseph Sciara and Kenneth Worker combine for 15 ground balls while Worker won 12-16 face offs. The Panthers outmatched their counterparts, holding an advantage in shots (53 to 23), ground balls (48 to 30) and face offs (21 to six).

For the Golden Knights, Brett McAuliffe totaled four points on three goals and an assist while Rich Bamberger had two goals on the night. Ryan McFee and Louie Buccella added a goal each while Joe Pomp earned his two points through a goal and assist.

Vitale got the Panthers off to a running start, firing a shot past St. Rose goalie, Nick Longo, within the opening minute of the game. Following that, Wynn, on a feed from Vitale, put another one on the board for Adelphi, scoring his first of two goals of the game.

Bamberger got St. Rose going with an unassisted goal at the 11:13 mark, but Adelphi would go on to score four unanswered goals to end the quarter, making it a 6-1 affair.

The two squads exchanged goals two goals each in the second, but Adelphi furthered the lead as Joe Celano put his team up 9-3 courtesy of a Vitale assist with just 18 seconds before the halftime intermission.

The third period was a relatively quiet one with Vitale and McAuliffe exchanging scores. In the fourth, the Golden Knights shows signs of life when they put in three straight goals on cage minder, Aiden Bennardo, who relieved Eric Janssen in the final 15 minutes of the game. However, it was short lived as Adelphi's Kennedy, McAndrew and Riegel fired back with three goals to keep the lead at seven.

Two last minute goals by St. Rose cut the lead to five, but it was too little too late as the time ran out in favor of Adelphi.

Janssen earned his first win of the 2012 campaign as he made five saves on the night and let up just four goals while his counterpart, Longo made 17 in 60 minutes of action.

Adelphi returns to the field on Friday, March 9 when they take on Notre Dame de Namur in St. Louis, Missouri on the campus of Lindenwood University in the first of three games of their spring trip.


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