SYRACUSE, N.Y. (LE MOYNE ATHLETICS) –
Graduate student midfielder Ross Filtch (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus/Siena) scored four goals to lead the top-ranked and second-seeded Le Moyne College men’s lacrosse team to a 14-10 victory over seventh-ranked and third-seeded Adelphi University in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship semifinals on Wednesday afternoon at Ted Grant Field.
The Dolphins, who are 11-0 and have handed Adelphi all three of its losses this season, advance to the NE10 championship game for the 19th time in 24 full seasons in the conference and will visit top-seeded and ninth-ranked Saint Anselm College on Saturday. Le Moyne is the defending champion and is 14-4 in its 18 previous title tilts.
Le Moyne jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first six and one-half minutes. Junior attackman Kevin Sheehan (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) started the scoring at the 12:38 mark by finishing off a pass from fifth-year attackman Matt Hutchings (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus). Senior midfielder Ben McCreary (Cicero, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse)) doubled the lead 81 seconds later with his 15th goal of the season. Filtch recorded his first goal of the day with 8:36 left in the opening quarter after collecting a pass in an extra-man situation from senior attackman Devin Andrews (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy/Stony Brook).
John Arcidiacono got the Panthers on the scoreboard at the 3:08 mark with his 13th goal of the year.
McCreary capped the scoring in the first quarter with an unassisted tally with 1:15 left.
The teams traded goals over the opening five minutes of the second quarter. James Hall scored in an extra-man situation for the Panthers with 12:47 remaining off a pass from Joseph Duchnowski. Sheehan answered back just 25 seconds later off a dish from redshirt junior midfielder Zach Pierce (Gansevoort, N.Y./Schuylerville/Onondaga C.C.). Michael Paccione trimmed Adelphi’s deficit back to two 50 seconds later off a feed from Brian Harinski. Sheehan made it a three-goal game with 10:16 left by knocking a loose ball into the net after an initial shot was saved.
Filtch pushed Le Moyne’s lead to four for the first time at 7-3 with 6:25 left after collecting a pass from Hutchings.
Adelphi scored two of the last three goals of the half to get within 8-5 at the intermission. Nicolas Racalbuto netted his 24th goal of the season with 5:27 left off a pass from Quintin McKenna. Junior midfielder Colin Sypek (Lake Worth, Fla./American Heritage School (Delray Beach)) gave the Dolphins a four-goal lead again with 4:11 remaining off a pass from graduate student attackman Jake Nelson (Charlotte, N.C./Vestal (N.Y.)/Binghamton/Mercer/Syracuse). Duchnowski ended the half’s scoring with 1:49 to go with his 15th tally of the season.
The Panthers scored the first three goals of the third quarter to even the score at eight. Sean McGovern started the streak with his fourth goal of the year with 14:16 left off a pass from Racalbuto, who then pulled the Panthers within one with 11:50 remaining after taking a pass from Arcidiacono. The duo connected again with 6:43 left to knot the score at eight apiece.
Le Moyne answered with two goals in the last two and one-half minutes of the quarter. Nelson gave the Dolphins the lead for good with 2:27 remaining after taking a feed from Andrews. McCreary found the back of the net for the third time in the game and the 17th time this season with four seconds left off a dish from Nelson.
Harinski got the Panthers back within one 53 seconds into the fourth quarter after taking a feed from Hall.
Le Moyne answered with four consecutive goals to put the game away. Sypek started the run at the 9:58 mark with his 11th goal of the year. Following a pushing penalty on the Panthers, Filtch scored his second man-up goal of the day with 9:17 left after taking a feed from Sypek. Just 65 seconds later, Filtch tallied his 18th goal of the season. Nelson completed the run with 4:24 remaining with his 18th goal of the campaign.
Duchnowski snapped Adelphi’s scoring drought of 13:23 with an unassisted goal with 44 seconds left to deliver the final score.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Frank Delia (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker/Onondaga C.C.) earned his fifth win of the season between the pipes after turning away eight shots, including four in the third quarter. Kevin Rice suffered the loss in relief after allowing seven goals and making six saves over the final 36:25.