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Men’s lacrosse: No. 2 Adelphi opens with 14-9 win over St. Rose behind 10 points from Vitale (Lynbrook)

Sunday, 4th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/4/12
From Press Releases

Second-ranked Adelphi opened its season Saturday by defeating visiting St. Rose, 14-9, as a senior Joe Vitale (Lynbrook) notched three goals and seven assists.

Jamie McAndrew added three goals for Adelphi and Shane Wynn, Joe Celano and Kevin Kennedy scored two goals apiece while Kieran Riegel and Ken Fundus chipped in with a goal each. Michael Rossie did his part with three assists.

Joseph Sciara and Kenneth Worker combined for 15 ground balls while Worker won 12-of-16 face offs. The Panthers outmatched their counterparts, holding an advantage in shots (53 to 23), ground balls (48 to 30) and face offs (21 to six).

For the Golden Knights, Brett McAuliffe totaled four points on three goals and an assist while Rich Bamberger had two goals on the night. Ryan McFee and Louie Buccella added a goal each while Joe Pomp earned his two points through a goal and assist.

Vitale got the Panthers off to a running start, firing a shot past St. Rose goalie, Nick Longo, within the opening minute of the game. Following that, Wynn, on a feed from Vitale, put another one on the board for Adelphi, scoring his first of two goals of the game.

Bamberger got St. Rose going with an unassisted goal at the 11:13 mark, but Adelphi would go on to score four unanswered goals to end the quarter, making it a 6-1 affair.

The two squads exchanged goals two goals each in the second, but Adelphi furthered the lead as Joe Celano put his team up 9-3 courtesy of a Vitale assist with just 18 seconds before the halftime intermission.

The third period was a relatively quiet one with Vitale and McAuliffe exchanging scores. In the fourth, the Golden Knights shows signs of life when they put in three straight goals on cage minder, Aiden Bennardo, who relieved Eric Janssen in the final 15 minutes of the game. However, it was short lived as Adelphi’s Kennedy, McAndrew and Riegel fired back with three goals to keep the lead at seven.

Janssen earned his first win of the 2012 campaign as he made five saves on the night and let up just four goals.

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