No. 5 Adelphi Cages the Hawks for NE-10 Victory

Garden City, N.Y. No. 5 Adelphi played host to the unranked Hawks of St. Anselm earlier this afternoon on Motamed Field in a Northeast-10 contest. Despite a slow start, the Panther offense picked up throughout the game while solid defensive efforts and an outstanding job by goalie Eric Jannsen kept the visitors at bay. Adelphi came out on top 12-2 to advance to 11-2, 7-2 NE-10, while their counterparts drop to 8-4, 5-3 NE-10.

The match-up was a slow going affair in the first with just Joe Celano (3G) and Doug Quednau (1G) successfully finding the back of the cage out of 17 total team shots.

The Panthers final got going just a few ticks past the seven minute mark in the second when Celano, on a feed from Kevin Kennedy (2G, 1A) sparked a four goal run. At the 6:19 mark, Greg Puskuldjian (2G) made good on a shot from Joe Vitale (3A) to make it a 4-0 game.

Puskuldjian, just five seconds later off of the faceoff, went to cage and again scored for his second goal of the game. Currently boasting the highest winning percentage in division II, he would finish the game 11-14 on faceoffs.

Kennedy rounded out the run with an unassisted and athletic goal at the 3:36 mark.

St. Anselm finally responded with Kyle Murphy (1G) notching his third goal of the season off of an Andrew Messner (1A) pass with 19 seconds left before the half. James Peters struck with a goal to open up the third, but it would be as close as the visitors would get.

Kennedy came through once again on a man down opportunity at 9:47 and was followed up by a Celano score from a Danny Blau (1G, 1A) assist while Kieran Riegel (1G) capped three-goal third, extending the lead to 9-2.

The first two of the Panther's three final quarter goals were courtesy of Vitale with Blau taking advantage of a man-up opportunity and Shane Wynn (1G) notching his ninth goal of the game. Anthony Caponi capped the afternoon with the Brown and Gold's 12th and final goal of the game.

Jannsen played 57:41 minutes in cage, allowed just two goals, made nine saves and picked up his 11th win in the process.

Adelphi outshot St. Anselm 46-23, doubled up their counterparts in ground balls (40-20, and won 12 of 16 faceoffs.

The Panthers return to action next week on Saturday, April 28 when they host the Falcons of Bentley College in their final game of the 2012 regular season. Senior Day will also be celebrated during the match-up.

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Saint Anselm fell to the No. 5-ranked team in Division II Saturday afternoon, dropping a 12-2 decision to the Panthers of Adelphi. With the victories, the Panthers improve to 11-2 overall alongside a Northeast-10 mark of 7-2. The Hawks fall to 8-4 on the year while losing their third game in row in the Northeast-10 (5-3).

Adelphi hopped out to an early six goal lead as Joe Celano and Greg Puskuldjian scored twice to elevate the Panthers to a commanding lead. Doug Quednau and Kevin Kennedy had scored in the half as well, with Kennedy's 10th goal of the season lifting the Panthers to the 6-0 lead. To conclude the first half, junior midfielder Kyle Murphy (Middletown, R.I.) scored a man-up goal with only 19 seconds remaining in the half to lift the Hawks within five goals.

Saint Anselm struck first in the third quarter as freshman James Peters (Medway, Mass.) recorded his seventh goal in five games to cut into the deficit. However, Adelphi answered quickly and scored six additional unanswered goals to silence any potential comeback. In the second half, six different goal scorers bolsted the Adelphi offense to secure the victory.

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