No. 2 Le Moyne tops Saint Michael's
Sennett nets season-high three goals to lead Dolphins' charge
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Tyler Sennett scored a season-high three goals to lead second-ranked Le Moyne to a 8-4 victory against No. 9 Saint Michael's on Friday afternoon in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.
With the victory, the Dolphins (16-0) advance to the conference championship game for the 12th time in the last 13 years.
Sennett opened the game's scoring with his 11th goal of the year 2:31 into the contest from the left wing. The Dolphins doubled their lead as Chris Button scored from 10 yards in front of the goal with a behind-the-back shot off a pass from Tyler Prevost. Button registered another behind-the-back goal with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter from the right edge of the crease off a feed from Nate Frechette.
Nick Blumer extended Le Moyne's lead to four with a bouncing shot from 15 yards out 1:11 into the second quarter.
Saint Michael's got on the scoreboard with 12:02 remaining in the second quarter as Pete Donnally recorded an unassisted goal. Tim McDonald pulled the Purple Knights within 4-2 with 29 seconds left in the half off a pass from Max Zuccarini.
Le Moyne scored twice in the opening six minutes of the third quarter to regain its four-goal lead. Blumer sent his 14th goal of the campaign into the top right corner of the goal with 12:47 to go in the third quarter. Alec Westerhoff netted his eighth goal of the year with 9:04 left to give the Dolphins a 6-2 advantage.
Sennett pushed his team's lead to five for the first time at the 11:57 mark of the fourth quarter with a goal from 15 yards out off a drive from outside the restraining line.
Donnally answered 61 seconds later from just off the front of the crease after taking a feed from Paul Tortora, Jr.
Sennett finished off Le Moyne's scoring in the game with 6:58 remaining after faking out his defender and firing a shot inside the left post.
McDonald ended the scoring in the contest with his 10th goal of the season with 32 seconds remaining.
Jeff White made nine saves for the Dolphins to register his 16th win of the season, tied for the second-most in the program's history. Chris DeMairo turned away 10 shots in the setback for the Purple Knights.