#3 Adelphi Tops #8 Men's Lacrosse in Overtime, 13-12, for NE-10 Title
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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – In an action-packed, back-and-forth affair that could not determine a winner after 60 minutes of play, top-seeded and third-ranked Adelphi scored 2:25 into overtime to lift the Panthers over the eighth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team, 13-12, in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon at Motamed Field.
Score: #3 Adelphi 13, #8 Merrimack 12 (F/OT)
Records: #8 Merrimack (12-5) | #3 Adelphi (16-1)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.
How It Happened
Playing in their third league title game in the last four years and aiming for their first NE-10 crown since the spring of 2010, the Warriors and Panthers went goal-for-goal from the second quarter on, as Merrimack rallied from an early four-goal deficit to draw even at 6-6 at the end of the first half.
Squared at six goals apiece, Merrimack and Adelphi traded goals in the third quarter before freshmen Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Jack Trask (Colorado Springs, Colo.) tickled the twine back-to-back to send the Navy and Gold into the final intermission ahead by a 9-8 margin.
That would set the stage for an incredible final 15 minutes that featured seven combined goals, with the final two coming off the sticks of senior Paul Jones (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Trask at 3:44 and 2:55, respectively, as the Warriors rallied back to draw even at 12-12.
The final faceoff of regulation wound up in Merrimack's possession on a violation, allowing the Warriors to set up a chance to win the game after holding possession over essentially the last 2:30 of the fourth quarter. The Warriors had two glorious chances down the stretch but just missed, prompting the necessity of a winner-take-all overtime session.
Sophomore Scott Corcoran (Haverhill, Mass.) won the only faceoff in overtime to give the Warriors a chance to win the match. After a Merrimack timeout, Jones spun and fired a bullet on net that Adelphi goalkeeper Aidan Bennardo got a piece of before sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) was stoned on a close-range shot to give the ball back to the Panthers.
Off an Adelphi timeout, NE-10 Player of the Year Salvatore Tuttle would win it with his game-leading fifth goal of the game, as the attackman scored with 2:35 left in overtime to lift the Panthers to their third title and first since 2011.
Inside The Numbers
- Trask paced all Warriors with three goals on four shots, while junior Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.), Schwarz, and Jones tallied two markers apiece
- Also scoring for the Warriors were Towler, senior Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, Conn.) and freshman Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.), who were outshot by Adelphi 47-37in the game
- Corcoran won 6-of-12 faceoffs against Adelphi specialist Gregory Puskuljian, who finished winning 19-of-29 faceoffs overall for the Panthers
- Both sides combined for 34 turnovers with seven caused by the Warrior defense, including a team-best three disruptors from Corcoran
- Freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) finished one why of his career high with 16 saves, while Bennardo turned away 10 shots for the Panthers
- Madonna and Jones were each named to the NE-10 All-Championship Team
- Merrimack finished 1-for-4 in man-up chances while the Panthers cashed in on 2-of-4 extra-man opportunities
The Warriors will learn whether or not they earn an NCAA Tournament at-large berth tonight, as the tournament's Selection Show airs at 7:30 p.m. live at www.NCAA.com.