No. 3 Le Moyne Finishes Strong to Down Adelphi in Semifinals

Garden City, N.Y. - Top-seeded Adelphi hosted #3 LeMoyne on Saturday, May 18 in the NCAA Division II semifinals at Motamed Field. The Panthers trailed 13-12 with 5:19 left in the game, but the Dolphins scored three of the last four goals to secure the 16-13 win. With the victory, LeMoyne improves to 17-2 overall and advances to the championship game, while Adelphi closes 2013 with a record of 14-3.

Salvatore Tuttle led the Panthers on offense with seven points on five goals and two assists, while Robert Rossi chipped in two goals and Brian Prendergast had a goal and an assist. Eric Janssen was credited with just his third loss of the season, making five saves.

Adelphi opened the game on fire, scoring the first three goals of the contest and dominated the first seven minutes of the first quarter. Jaime McAndrew got Adelphi on the board and then Tuttle put in two of his own. The Dolphins woke up at the 6:18 mark and responded with three straight of their own to knot the score at three all with 4:35 on the clock.

However, the Panthers pulled momentum back with the final two goals of the quarter, including a tally from Joe Celano as time expired, giving the Brown and Gold a 5-3 lead after 15 minutes of action. The frame was all Dolphins, as LeMoyne scored four straight, pushing out to a 7-5 lead with 3:07 left in the half. The Panthers got another tally from McAndrew with 1:45 left to make it a one goal game at intermission.

Adelphi and LeMoyne exchanged goals to open up the third quarter of action, but then the Dolphins scored back-to-back goals, including a man down goal from Kevin Kelly. The Brown and Gold would answer with two scores from Tuttle, but the Dolphins came right back with another goal from Kelly and a score from Andrew Chadderdon.

LeMoyne held a 12-9 edge to open the fourth and final quarter, but the Panthers would score three of the first four goals, clawing their way back within one on a Rossi goal with 5:19 left in the game. But, that was as close as Adelphi would get, as the Dolphins responded with three straight in a span of just 1:51 to put the game away, 16-12. However, the Panthers kept battling and closed out the game on another Tuttle tally, falling 16-13.

Adelphi ends the successful 2013 season with an overall record of 14-3 and a share of the Northeast-10 Regular Season Championship.

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Garden City, N.Y. Junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and sophomore attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) each scored five goals to lead the third-ranked and third-seeded Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 16-13 win over fourth-ranked and top-seeded Adelphi University on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championships at Motamed Field.

The Dolphins advance to their seventh NCAA Division II Championship game (all in the last 10 years) and will take on the South Region's top seed, #1 nationally-ranked Mercyhurst College, on Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Panthers, who defeated New York Tech, 14-11, last Saturday in the quarterfinals, scored three times in the opening six minutes and 57 seconds. Jamie McAndrew started the scoring 1:24 into the game after taking a feed from Brian Prendergast. Just 64 seconds later, Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year Salvatore Tuttle registered his 25th goal of the season. After the Panthers backed up a Le Moyne shot with 8:38 remaining in the quarter, Tuttle netted his second goal of the day 35 seconds later to give Adelphi a 3-0 lead and force a Le Moyne timeout.

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