Kelly Tallies 7 Pts. as No. 1 Le Moyne Downs No. 6 Merrimack

Syracuse, N.Y. Junior attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) registered a career-best seven points to lead top-ranked Le Moyne to a 16-9 win over sixth-ranked Merrimack on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field.

The Dolphins, who scored their most goals against the Warriors since a 16-5 win on April 23, 2006 (a span of 15 games), jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 34 seconds into the game. Kelly netted his first goal of the contest 29 seconds in from the left edge of the crease off a pass from behind the net by sophomore attackman Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa). Senior midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) was awarded the ensuing faceoff and raced up field to tally his ninth goal of the campaign.

In an extra-man situation, the Dolphins pushed their lead to three as junior midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) tallied his 16th goal of the year from 10 yards out off a pass from the right side by senior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn). Just 34 seconds later, Kelly found the back of the net from the left side of the crease after taking a feed from behind the net from Jenkins.

The Warriors took advantage of a failed Le Moyne clear attempt to get on the scoreboard. Kyle Guilbert picked up a loose ball near midfield and sent a pass to Paul Jones, who scored from five yards out with 7:30 remaining.

Le Moyne answered with three goals over a span of five minutes to take a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kelly started the run with 6:31 left by finishing off a feed from Bumpus on the left side of the crease.

Kelly scored his fourth goal of the quarter with 2:02 remaining from the left edge of the crease after receiving a pass from senior midfielder Tim Beach (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius). Corapi finished off the scoring in the quarter with 1:33 left by ripping a shot into the back of the net from 15 yards out off a feed from Chadderdon in an extra-man opportunity.

The Dolphins extended their lead to seven following a turnover by the Warriors. Off a restart on the right sideline, Chadderdon sent a pass from the right side to Kelly, who was cutting in front of the cage and deposited his team-best 20th goal of the season into the net with 13:46 remaining.

The Warriors scored twice in 2:28 to trim their deficit to 8-3 with 10:34 remaining in the half. Tim Towler scored the first of the two from 10 yards out on the left side after cutting from the middle with 13:02 left. Jamie Shand pulled his team within five by scoring from the left side of the crease off a pass from Andrew Vivian.

Corapi picked up his third goal of the day from 12 yards out after taking a pass from the right side from Jenkins with 8:33 to go in the half.

After calling a timeout, the Warriors trimmed their deficit back to five as Shand scored from the front edge of the crease with 1:48 left off a pass from Tucker Schwarz.

Bumpus won the ensuing faceoff and raced up field before passing to Kelly, who then flipped a pass to Jenkins for his 11th goal of the season just six seconds after Shand's goal.

The Warriors pulled within 10-5 at the intermission as Max Allen scored from just off the crease after picking up the rebound after his initial shot in transition was saved.

Le Moyne outscored the Warriors, 4-1, in the fourth quarter to put the game away. After the Warriors turned the ball over behind their own goal, senior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tallied his 16th goal of the season from 10 yards out off a feed from Jenkins. Just 62 seconds later, freshman midfielder Brian Rogers (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) picked up a loose ball on the left side of the box and fired a 10-yard shot into the net for his second goal of the season.

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