LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/5/12
From Press Release
The Adelphi men’s lacrosse team suffered a 13-12 defeat Friday to host Merrimack in the Northeast-10 Tournament semifinals at Andover, Mass.
With the loss, the Panthers (13-3, 8-2 NE-10) will now wait to see if they will earn a bid into the NCAA Championship while Merrimack advances to take on top seeded Le Moyne in the Championship on Sunday.
Merrimack (13-2 ,8-2 NE-10) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead courtesy of a shot by Greg Melaugh on a feed from Paul Jones. 1:11 later, Jones put another one in for the Warriors as he was assisted by Corey Lunney.
At 8:17, Kieran Riegel cut the lead in half and got the Panthers on the board as he beat goalie Morgan Green. The Warrior’s Jordan Tiger and Adelphi’s Joe Celano traded scores within 50 seconds of each other before the conclusion of the first period with the score showing 3-2 in favor of the hosts.
DJ Brown put the Brown and Gold back into a two goal hole as he kicked off the second with his first goal of the game. However, Doug Quednau picked up the assist on a Shane Wynn goal to bring the game within one yet again.
Between 7:53 and 7:10, Adelphi stormed back to take the lead on two quick goals by Riegel and Celano once again, putting Adelphi ahead 5-4.
However, it was short lived as Mike Perdie evened the slate at five a piece with a score at the 5:17 mark. Just five seconds later right off the face off, Melaugh beat Eric Janssen for the second time to put the Warriors back out in front, 6-5.
As time wore down in the quarter, Adelphi would surrender one final goal with just 43 seconds remaining on the clock to Perdie as they headed into halftime down by two.
The Panthers went out on a three-goal run to open the third starting with back-to-back Joe Vitale scores. Just four seconds off of the ensuing faceoff won by Greg Puskuldjian, Ken Fundus put his team ahead again as he found the back of the net.
Merrimack fired back with two goals of their own to retake the lead, but Shane Wynn and Riegel’s back-to-back goals with two minutes remaining gave Adelphi a 10-9 lead heading into the fourth and final period.
The Warriors scored a devastating four consecutive goals in the fourth to put the Panthers down by three with just over seven minutes remaining. Vitale notched his third goal of the game with 6:10 showing on the clock to chip away at the lead.
At the 3:11 mark, Danny Blau found Riegel for his fourth score of the game to make it a 13-12 affair. Still down by one, Adelphi found themselves running out of time as the clock ticked closer to the end of the game. With two minutes to go, the Panthers successfully cleared the ball and then each team swapped a time out. As the Panthers set up for one last play with the final seconds approaching, Michael Rossi fired a shot with one second left that sailed wide of the net to see Merrimack take the win.
Janssen made seven saves in the loss while as a team, the Panthers fired 34 shots, successfully cleared 15 of 18 attempts, had just one penalty, turned the ball over 17 times and scooped up 37 ground balls.
Adelphi will now have to wait until Sunday evening at 7:00 pm to see if they will be selected into the NCAA Tournament. You can watch the selection show live at www.NCAA.com