No. 1 Le Moyne Opens Season with Victory over Assumption

Syracuse, N.Y. Freshman attackman Alex O'Brien (Hanson, Mass./Boston College High) opened his collegiate career with five goals and two assists to lead the top-ranked Le Moyne lacrosse team to a 12-6 win over Assumption in Northeast-10 Conference action on Sunday night at the Carrier Dome.

The Greyhounds opened the game's scoring 3:48 into the contest, the first time Assumption has had a lead over the Dolphins in over 12 years. In an extra-man situation, Garrett Smith finished off a feed from Ian Mack at the 11:12 mark.

Le Moyne evened the score just under five minutes later. O'Brien sent a pass from behind the goal to senior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), who whipped a shot behind his head and into the back of the net with 6:19 left in the opening quarter.

The Dolphins took the lead with three straight goals over the six minutes of the second quarter. After Assumption goalkeeper Will Contento stopped a shot, O'Brien batted the rebound into the goal for his first career tally with 10:41 remaining. Just 33 seconds later, O'Brien collected an errant shot by Button behind the goal and fired a pass back to Button, who rifled a shot into the net. O'Brien capped the span with a goal in transition with 9:21 left.

The Greyhounds responded with a pair of goals in a span of 1:43 to get within a goal. Mack scored during a 30-second clock warning situation with 6:56 left and repeated the feat with 5:13 to go.

Senior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) pushed the lead back to two by scoring from seven yards out with 2:52 left in the half.

Smith ended the half's scoring with a transition goal with 1:06 left after taking a pass from Dan Fitzgerald.

Le Moyne took control of the game with five goals in the third quarter. O'Brien started the run with a goal from the crease while getting slashed at the 11:22 mark after taking a feed from classmate Brian Rogers (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa). In the ensuing extra-man opportunity, junior midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) fired in a shot from 16 yards out off a pass from senior midfielder Mike DeBottis (North Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse/Onondaga C.C.).

Following another Assumption slashing penalty, O'Brien scored from 11 yards out with 6:37 remaining after receiving a pass from the top of the box from Corapi. With 1:53 left in the quarter, Button tallied his third goal of the contest off a pass from Corapi in an extra-man opportunity. Junior midfielder Chris Breiner (Troy, N.Y./Trinity-Pawling) closed out the scoring in the quarter with an unassisted goal with 56 seconds left.

Mack ended Le Moyne's five-goal run with an unassisted marker 1:06 into the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins finished off their scoring with a pair of goals in a span of 2:19. O'Brien netted his fifth goal of the game with 9:14 left after taking a pass in transition from junior midfielder Alec Westerhoff (Lagrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township/Bridgton Academy). Sophomore attackman Andrew Jackson (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) scored Le Moyne's last goal with 6:55 remaining after accepting a pass from senior attackman Matt Klepper (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius/Merrimack).

Connor Munisteri ended the scoring in the game with an unassisted goal with 2:02 left.

Junior Ben Romagnoli (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia/Syracuse) picked up the victory between the pipes after making 10 saves over 56:08 in his Le Moyne debut. Will Contento took the loss for the Greyhounds after allowing 12 goals over 55:24, while registering eight saves.

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