Syracuse, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Senior faceoff specialist Sam Kury (Oakdale, Conn./Montville) was dominant at the “x” to lead the second-ranked Le Moyne College men’s lacrosse team in an 11-7 victory over Assumption University on Saturday at Ted Grant Field in Northeast-10 Conference action.
“Slow start, strong finish, will keep the momentum rolling into Tuesday,” said head coach Dan Sheehan. “The NE10 schedule doesn’t five you any breaks. No question the best men’s lacrosse conference in the country.”
The Dolphins opened the game’s scoring just 60 seconds into the game as graduate student midfielder Ben McCreary (Cicero, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) netted his 13th goal of the season from just off the crease after a cut from the right wing.
The Greyhounds answered with the next two goals for their first of five leads in the game. Ryan Healey knotted the score at one apiece at the 12:51 mark. Jackson Bulger then netted his 10th goal of the year with 6:23 left in the opening quarter after taking a pass in an extra-man situation from Cameron Theriault.
Le Moyne answered back with the final two goals of the first quarter. Freshman attackman Ryan Eisenmann (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton) tied the score at two at the 1:40 mark after taking a pass in transition from graduate student short-stick defensive midfielder Braeden Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill/Onondaga C.C.). Less than one minute later, graduate student attackman Carter Collins (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake/Lindenwood) tallied his team-best 21st goal of the season.
Assumption scored the first two goals of the second quarter to take the lead back. Just 33 seconds into the period, Bulger evened the score at three. Healey netted his 10th goal of the campaign with 6:35 left to put the Greyhounds in front.
After being held scoreless for almost 15 minutes, the Dolphins tied the score with just over one minute left in the half. Off a pass from Collins, sophomore midfielder Kyle Caves (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) fired in his second goal of the year with 1:06 left.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter. Healey gave the lead back to the Greyhounds with 12:49 remaining in the third, while redshirt senior midfielder Zach Pierce (Gansevoort, N.Y./Schuylerville/Onondaga C.C.) evened the score at five apiece with 7:45 left. Just 75 seconds later, Bulger tallied his 12th goal of the year. Pierce tied the score again exactly two minutes later.
Assumption took its final lead of the game just 70 seconds into the fourth quarter as CJ Wiper scored his seventh goal of the year.
Le Moyne answered with the final five goals of the game. Just before the possession clock was about to expire, senior midfielder Colin Sypek (Lake Worth, Fla./American Heritage School (Delray Beach)) tied the score for the last time with 12:21 left off a dish from senior attackman Kevin Sheehan (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee). After Kury won another faceoff, Pierce scored just one minute later after taking a feed from Sheehan. Sypek put the Dolphins up by two with 8:53 left off a pass from Collins for his 13th goal of the campaign. Pierce registered his fourth goal of the game and 20th of the season with 6:12 to go. Graduate student attackman Devin Andrews (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua/Stony Brook) completed the game’s scoring with 5:06 left off a pass from Collins.
Graduate student goalkeeper Frank Delia (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker/Onondaga C.C.) earned the win between the posts after making 10 saves, including five in the fourth quarter. Kury, the reigning NE10 Defensive Player of the Week, continued his run of strong play by going 17-of-22 at the dot and scooping up 10 ground balls. Over his last three games, he is 50-of-63 (79.4-percent) with 30 ground balls. Colin Malone turned away 15 shots, including seven in the second quarter, in the setback.
Le Moyne (9-1, 5-0 NE10) returns to the field on Tuesday at Bentley University at 5:00 p.m.