Bentley Falls to No. 5 Adelphi to Close Regular Season

Garden City, N.Y. No. 5 Adelphi downed Bentley this afternoon on Motamed Field in their final regular season game. The Panthers used a seven-goal first period and came out on top, 17-4. With the win, the Panthers clinch the #3 spot in the Northeast-10 Tournament and move to 12-2, 8-2 NE-10 while the Falcons drop to 5-8, 5-5 NE-10.

Bryan Hall (3G, 1A) got the Panthers rolling with two opening game scores on feeds from Joe Vitale and Shane Wynn, giving Adelphi a quick 2-0 lead just 2:37 in. Wynn then extended the lead further on a successful unassisted shot to make it a three goal game. Vitale (6G, 1A) found the back of the cage twice while Joe Celano (1G) and Hall also tacked on one goal apiece, capping the first period, seven goal run.

Nearly three minutes into the second, Steve Caditz (1G) finally got the Falcons on the board as he beat Eric Janssen for their first goal. Kieran Riegel (2g) responded with his first of two goals to bring the cushion back up to seven.

Two more goals by Riegel and Doug Quednau (2G), and a Falcon goal off the stick of Riley Merritt (1G) before halftime hit made it a 10-3 game.

In the third, Adelphi went on to score four more goals, three of which came from Vitale with the fourth coming from Quednau to push the score to push a 14-3 lead while the Falcons were shut down and held scoreless.

Vitale, Jamie McAndrew (1G) and Nick Olson (1G) rounded out the goals in the fourth with Bentley's Mike Carter tacking on his team's fourth and final goal with just three seconds left on the game clock.

All three Panther goalies saw action with Janssen earning his 12th game of the season as he saw 38:23 minutes in net, made five saves and allowed just three goals while Adian Bennardo also made five goals in 16:47 minutes in cage and did not allow a goal. Keith McDermott rounded out the final 4:50 and made one save.

For the Falcons, Brian Karl played 42:25 in net, made 13 saves and allowed 14 goals as he took the loss.

Up next, the Panthers will host the #6 seeded Falcons of Bentley in a rematch on Tuesday, May 1 at 3:00 pm in the quarterfinal round of the NE-10 Tournament.

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. In the final game of the regular season, Bentley ran into a hot Adelphi team as the fifth-ranked Panthers came away with a 17-4 victory on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 men's lacrosse play.

Adelphi, which improves to 12-2 overall and 8-2 in the NE-10, has now won six in a row and eight of nine. Bentley finishes the regular season at 5-8 overall and 5-5 in the NE-10.

The Falcons dug themselves a hole early, falling behind 4-0 after just four minutes of play. Senior attack Bryan Hall scored the first two goals in the opening 3:37 for the Panthers. Senior attack Joe Vitale scored the first of his game-high six goals at the 11:02 mark to make it 4-0.

Adelphi led 7-0 after the first quarter, but Bentley got on the board when junior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) netted his 15th of the season to open the scoring in the second quarter. Senior Justin Holmes (Brookfield, Conn./Berkshire School) and sophomore defenseman Riley Merritt (Weston, Mass./Brewster Academy) also scored for Bentley in the quarter, but they trailed 10-3 at halftime.

Adelphi continued to extend its lead in the second half with a run of seven unanswered goals, including three straight by Vitale in the early parts of the third quarter.


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