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Men’s lacrosse: Adelphi falls to Merrimack; Farmingdale rolls

Sunday, 1st April 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/1/12
From Press Releases

The the No. 5-ranked Adelphi men’s lacrosse team dropped a 12-8 decision Saturday to the No. 4 Warriors of Merrimack College in a Northeast-10 Conference contest. With the loss, Adelphi moves to 6-2, 2-2 NE-10 while the hosts move to 6-0, 3-0 NE-10.

For the Panthers, Michael Rossi and Kieran Riegel combine for six points split between two goals and one assist. Danny Blau dished out two assists and earned one goal while Joe Celano and Shane Wynn rounded out the scoring with a combine three goals. Joe Vitale and Kevin Kennedy each were credited with an assist with Ken Fundus scooping up five ground balls.

Eric Janssen played the full duration of the game, made 15 saves and allowed 12 goals in the loss. The Panthers were outshot 50-19, were outmatched in faceoffs, 15 to eight, and had 10 failed clears compared to Merrimack’s two.

For the Warriors, Greg Melaugh led the way with three assists and two goals. Mike Perdie, Corey Lunney and Jamie Shand all chipped in with two goals apiece while DJ Brown, Brandon Waiter, Kyle Guilbert and Paul Gallagher all got a piece of the action with one goal.

Kieran Riegel kicked the game off with an unassisted goal just 3:57 into the opening period. Just 1:15 later, Blau sent a pass in to Rossi who’s shot found the back of the cage for Adelphi’s second goal of the game.

Merrimack fired back with goals off the sticks of Brown and Melaugh to even the slate at two. Courtesy of a Kennedy pass, Celano got one back as the clock approached the one minute mark to put Adelphi up 3-2.

Off the faceoff to start the second, Lunney, on a man up opportunity, took a pass from Melaugh and scored just five seconds in on the first of six straight Merrimack goals. Shand notched back to back goals, both unassisted to go up 5-3, and then Gallagher and Perdie capped the run with assists from Brad Duhaime and Melaugh respectively to set Adelphi back by four.

Riegel got one back with 25 seconds before halftime, but Melaugh struck again with two seconds left to keep it a four goal game.

Division III
Farmingdale State 17, Saint Mary College 3

The Farmingdale State men’s lacrosse team snapped their three game losing streak with a commanding victoryover Mount Saint Mary College (4-6, 0-2). The Rams improved to 3-7 overall, 1-2 in the Skyline with the win.

Junior midfielder Bobby Thomas (Wantagh, N.Y.) and senior attack Ryan Oswald (Floral Park, N.Y.) gave Farmingdale State an early 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes, before the Mount got on the board with an unassisted tally from freshman midfielder Jake Robison (Franklin Square, N.Y.) at 8:49 of the first period.

The Rams scored 14 straight over the next 37 minutes and would hold a 16-1 advantage with 2:24 left to play in the third, as Farmingdale State rolled to the 17-3 final.

For Farmingdale State, senior midfielder Jason Opitz (West Hempstead, N.Y.) scored a game-high five goals with one assist and four ground balls. Freshman attack Dan Cozier (West Islip, N.Y.) dished off four assists and scored one goal. The faceoffs were controlled by freshman midfielder Kevin Schneider (East Meadow, N.Y.), who was a perfect 9-for-9, while sophomore midfielder Al Rocco (Elmont, N.Y.) won 7-of-10 faceoffs. Thomas would finish with two goals, two assists and a game-high six ground balls.

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