No. 2 Adelphi Defeats Saint Rose, Wins 7th in a Row

ALBANY Saint Rose threw a scare at Northeast-10 rival Adelphi before the Panthers pulled away to take home an 11-5 victory tonight at Sullivan Field at the Plumeri Sports Complex. The Panthers (7-0/5-0 NE-10), ranked #2 in this week's USILA poll, were thus able to keep their unblemished record intact.

Adelphi manufactured a 38-29 shot advantage throughout the unseasonably cold evening although the Panthers were only up a goal on two occasions throughout a 12 minute span that intertwined the second and third quarters.

Sophomore attack Kevin Fleming (Owings, MD/Northern) scored three goals while junior attack Brett McAuliffe (Watertown, NY/Watertown) and sophomore midfielder Kris Miller (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) each had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights (2-7/2-3 NE-10). Junior goalie Nick Longo (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) made 13 saves, while sophomore midfielder Evan Helming (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) set up a strike as well.

Freshman attack Salvatore Tuttle (Massapequa Park, NY/Farmingdale), junior attack Ikerson Hopper (Onondaga Nation/West Genesee), and senior attack Vinny Coiro (Levittown, NY/MacArthur) all scored twice to lead Adelphi, which had allowed a mere 35 goals throughout its six games prior to this evening.

The Panthers broke through with 12:11 left in the opening period and then scored twice within a seven second span three minutes later to go up 3-0. However, McAuliffe finished a Miller feed during a man-up opportunity in the opening minute of the second quarter and then Fleming found the back of the net with 5:48 showing on the clock.

Adelphi countered with another quick two strikes, this time 17 seconds apart, to take a 5-2 halftime lead before Fleming and Miller registered a pair of unanswered goals to make it a 5-4 affair with 9:12 left in the third. However, the Panthers then engineered five straight tallies to remove just about any chance of an upset.

Looking ahead, the Golden Knights are scheduled to travel to Waltham, MA on Saturday to face host Bentley for a 7:00 pm league match-up . The Panthers also play Saturday when they will host conference rival #5 Le Moyne at 4:00 pm in Garden City, NY.

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Albany, N.Y. No. 2 Adelphi took on the Golden Knights of Saint Rose. The Panthers notched three goals in all but one frame, while holding the hosts to a handful of goals, to come away with their seventh straight win, 11-5. In victory, the Panthers remain undefeated with a 7-0 overall record, 5-0 mark in conference play while the Golden Knights drop to 2-7, 2-3 NE-10.

The win marks the best start in the history of Adelphi men's lacrosse as no other team began the season 7-0. The only other team to come close was the 1967 squad that got off to a 6-0 start.

The Panthers had points from 10 different players and were led by Nick Watson's one goal, three assist performance. Salvatore Tuttle chipped in with two goals and one assist while Ikerson Hopper and Vinny Coiro had an even split of four goals. Gregory Puskuldjian and Rashad Cureton each went 5-9 on faceoffs and combined for 11 of Adelphi's 36 ground balls.

In cage, Eric Janssen and Aidan Bennardo split the action evenly. Janssen picked up the win as he allowed just two goals and made five saves while Bennardo closed out the second half with five saves as well and letting just three get by him.

For the Golden Knights, Kevin Fleming accounted for three of St. Rose's five goals while Brett McAuilffe and Kris Miller each registered one goal and one assist. Cage minder Nick Longo registered 13 saves but allowed 11 goals in the loss.

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