LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/13/12
From Press Release
The No. 2-ranked Adelphi men’s lacrosse team took on the Lions of Lindenwood University in its third and final game of their Missouri trip Monday. Through the first half, Adelphi held a one goal advantage. But between the third and fourth periods, the stickmen managed to outscore the hosts eight to two and come away with a 12-5 victory.
With the win, the Panthers move to 4-0 while Lindenwood drops to 2-3.
For Adelphi, Joe Vitale led the way with four goals, three assists and seven ground balls. Michael Rossi and Danny Blau each tallied three points and combine for eight ground balls while Joe Celano did his part with two goals. Jeff Melsopp, Doug Quednau, Shane Wynn and Kieran Riegel each had a point while Greg Puskuldjian had an assist and won eight out of 10 faceoffs. Eric Janssen was the cage minder for the entire game and made four saves to earn the win.
For the Lions, Josh Arras and Carter McCracken each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the team with two points each. Andrew Peterson, Greg Cameron and Jordan McKay notch a goal each while John Petis logged an assist. In net for Lindenwood, Jake Redlingshafer let up 12 goals and made 18 saves in the loss.
In the opening minutes of the game, Adelphi had two opportunities to strike first, getting clear looks at the cage, but Redlingshafer came up with clutch saves in both cases. 14:29 went by before Blau finally broke the silence as he scored Adelphi’s and the game’s first goal. It would be the only action in the first.
In the second, Blau struck again just 18 seconds in on a feed from Rossi to make it a two goal game. Less than five minutes later, Rossi made a fourth Adelphi goal possible, finding Celano who made good on his attempt at the back of the cage and changing the scoreboard to reflect a 4-0 score.
Lindenwood’s Cameron broke the 25 minute plus scoreless drought as he fired a shot that made its way past Janssen for their first score of the game. The Brown and Gold quickly responded with a goal from Rossi on a feed from Melsopp to keep the lead at three. However, in the final minute, the Lions struck on two quick possessions. McCracken made the first move just two ticks under the minute mark and then earned the assist on an Arras score, making it a 4-3 game at the half.
In the second half of the game, Vitale was the go to guy, notching four goals and three assists over the final 30 minutes. In the third, he notched two goals after Celano got the team rolling, and then picked up an assist on Quednau’s score with 20 seconds left.
Over the final 15 minutes, two more Vitale goals and as many assists, combine with a Riegel and Blau score, put the nail in the coffin as Lindenwood only managed to get one more goal. The Panthers leave Missouri with three wins in four days.