#4 MEN’S LACROSSE ADVANCES TO NE-10 SEMIFINALS WITH 13-6 WIN OVER SAINT ANSELM
Men's Lacrosse vs. St. Anselm NE-10 First Round
Syracuse, N.Y. – Sophomore midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored two goals and dished out two assists to lead the fourth-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 13-6 win over Saint Anselm College on Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championships at Ted Grant Field.
With the win, the Dolphins advance to the semifinals for the 17th straight year, where they will take on second-seeded and #6 nationally-ranked Merrimack College on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in North Andover, Massachusetts. The Dolphins lost in the regular season to the Warriors, 5-3.
Following a slashing penalty on Saint Anselm, junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) got the Dolphins on the scoreboard with an extra-man goal from the right wing off a pass from senior attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga C.C.) with 10:01 remaining in the first quarter. The assist marked the 100th point of Prevost's career, making him the 20th player in the program's history to reach that plateau. Exactly eight minutes later, freshman midfielder/attackman Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) beat the shot clock by firing in his 11th goal of the year while falling to the ground after taking a pass from junior midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy). Just 28 seconds later, Bumpus netted his 13th goal of the year for a 3-0 Le Moyne lead.
Sophomore attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) extended the lead to four with an unassisted goal at the 14:12 mark of the second quarter.
Saint Anselm (5-10) cut its deficit in half with two goals over a span of 1:59. James Peters got the Hawks on the scoreboard from the front of the crease with 12:43 remaining, while Ben Warren followed with an unassisted goal at the 10:44 mark.
Le Moyne (13-2) scored three times over the final 6:16 of the quarter to take a 7-2 halftime lead. Kelly finished off a feed from Corapi with 6:16 left to start the run. Following a Saint Anselm turnover, sophomore midfielder Alec Westerhoff (Lagrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township/Bridgton Academy) scored his 11t goal of the year after taking a pass from Prevost with 4:54 remaining. After senior goalkeeper Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS) made a save, senior defensive midfielder Conor Regin (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee/Onondaga C.C.) cleared the ball and raced in to score his second goal of the season with 55.8 seconds left.
Andrew Messner scored the first two goals of the third quarter to pull the Hawks within 7-4 with 8:32 left in the quarter. He registered an unassisted goal at the 14:18 mark, while then finding the back of the net from the right wing with 8:32 remaining.
Corapi picked up his second assist of the game with 6:15 left as he fed senior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) for his 23rd goal of the year.
Just 22 seconds later, Warren got the goal back for the Hawks with an unassisted tally.
The Dolphins took advantage of a slashing penalty on the Hawks to close out the scoring in the quarter. Just 14 seconds into the extra-man opportunity, junior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tallied his team-best 24th marker of the campaign from the front of the crease after taking a pass from Chadderdon on the right wing.
Messner opened the fourth quarter's scoring with an unassisted goal with 13:24 remaining to get the Hawks within 9-6, but that would be their last goal of the contest.
Corapi scored twice in a span of 67 seconds to put the game away for the Dolphins. He netted his 18th goal of the season from the left wing with 11:03 left and then converted a shot from 10 yards after a taking a feed from the right side of the goal from Kelly with 9:56 to play. Just 59 seconds later, Kelly pushed the lead to six off a cross-crease pass from Jenkins to force a Saint Anselm timeout. Sophomore Chris Breiner (Troy, N.Y./Trinity-Pawling) finished off the game's scoring with 4:21 left after weaving through the Saint Anselm defense.
White finished the game with nine saves (against six goals) over 51:03 between the pipes to earn his 13th win of the season. Jonathan O'Reilly suffered the loss after making 10 saves. With his five ground balls off faceoffs, Bumpus ties Brian Griffin '09 for the most in a single-season by a Dolphin with 98, which Griffin recorded in 17 games in 2007. With their two and three caused turnovers, respectively, senior defensemen Alex Cameron-Carter (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and Josh Klepfer (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) move into a three-way tie with Drew Bezek '10 for third on the program's all-time caused turnovers list with 43 each.