No. 2 Le Moyne Downs No. 6 Merrimack for NE-10 Crown

Syracuse, N.Y. All-Conference attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga CC) scored three goals to lead second-ranked Le Moyne to its 10th Northeast-10 championship with a 10-7 win over sixth-ranked Merrimack on Sunday afternoon.

Le Moyne, which improved to 17-0 on the year, earned the North Region bid in the NCAA Championships and will host South Region representative Limestone in the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday, May 19.

The Warriors opened the game's scoring 4:21 into the contest as Northeast-10 Player of the Year Greg Melaugh registered an unassisted goal.

Le Moyne answered 52 seconds later as senior midfielder Nick Blumer (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) fired his 15th goal of the year into the upper left corner of the net on a drive from outside the restraining line to even the score at one.

Following eight and one-half minutes of scoreless action, the Dolphins took the lead, which they would not relinquish. All-conference sophomore midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) worked his way across the restraining box before sending a left-handed shot into the lower right corner of the net.

The Dolphins added three goals in the second quarter to take a 5-1 lead into the intermission. After a shot by freshman midfielder Alec Westerhoff (Lagrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township/Bridgton Academy) hit the post, sophomore attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) picked up the loose ball and sent a pass back to Westerhoff on the crease, where he faked the goalie high and shot the ball low into the goal.

Following a Merrimack penalty on the ensuing face-off, freshman attackman Devin Clegg (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored from the left side of the crease off a pass from the right side of the cage by junior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) with 12:17 remaining. Just over 10 minutes later, Button scored from the left edge of the crease off a pass from junior defensive midfielder Conor Regin (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee), who cleared the ball after a save by junior goalkeeper Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS).

The Warriors ended a scoreless drought of 33:01 at the 7:38 mark of the third quarter as Corey Lunney netted his 45th goal of the season.

Prevost got the goal back one and one-half minutes later by sneaking the ball inside the right post from the right edge of the crease to give the Dolphins a 6-2 advantage.

The Warriors scored the game's next three goals to pull within a goal. Melaugh registered his 43rd goal of the year with 2:11 left in the third quarter. Kyle Guilbert opened the scoring in the fourth quarter at the 14:22 mark to make the score 6-4. Just 72 seconds later, DJ Brown recorded his 17th goal of the campaign.

The teams then traded goals over a span of six minutes and 12 seconds. Blumer pushed Le Moyne's lead to two goals at the 10:09 mark with his 16th goal of the year. Three and one-half minutes later, Greg Fallon scored for the Warriors to pull his team back within a goal.

Championship Most Valuable Player Tyler Sennett (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) registered the eventual game-winning goal with 4:05 remaining in the game. Off the ensuing face-off, Merrimack face-off specialist Nick Maggio had his shot blocked in front of the goal, but Melaugh picked up the loose ball and fired the ball into the back of the net for Merrimack's final goal.

Prevost put the game away with a pair of goals in the final two minutes and nine seconds. His first of the two came after he circled around the goal and fired a shot into the upper right corner of the cage from 10 yards out. In an extra-man situation, Prevost tossed a shot into the back of the net for the game's final goal.

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2012-05-07



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