Adelphi scores six goals in first quarter, beats NYIT to reach national semifinals
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Adelphi used a six-goal first quarter to power past NYIT 14-11 in the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse tournament on Saturday at Motamed Field. The Panthers improved to 14-2 in advancing to the national semifinals.
The Brown and Gold came out of the locker room hot, scoring the first four goals of the game to sprint out to a 4-0 lead with 6:21 left on the clock. Salvatore Tuttle opened the scoring just two and a half minutes into play, while Gregory Puskuldjian, Jaime McAndrew and Nick Watson added goals of their own.
The Bears answered with two goals to cut the margin in half, but back-to-back goals from Brian Prendergast and Watson sent Adelphi into the second half with a 6-2 lead. The second quarter continued to be all Adelphi as Ikerson Hopper, Joseph Sciara, Patrick Starke and Tuttle tallied one goal each, sending the Panthers into the half with a 10-3 bulge.
NYIT regrouped during halftime and two goals in the first 2:23 of the third quarter, adding a third goal at the 5:48 mark to get within four goals. However, Watson took control in the final 1:02, scoring two consecutive goals to push the cushion to six at 12-6 with 15 minutes left.
The Bears wasted no time trying to steal the momentum back, getting a goal from Luke Miller just 46 minutes into the fourth. But, Sciara answered loudly for the Panthers, tallying Adelphi's 13th goal of the game just five seconds later. NYIT and Adelphi traded goals one more time, making the count 14-8 with 8:37 remaining on the clock.
However, NYIT would not go quietly, ripping off three unanswered goals to make the contest interesting, with the final tally coming with 2:02 left in the game. From there the Brown and Gold defense stepped up, holding the Bears scoreless as Adelphi hung on for the 14-11 victory.
Adelphi held a major edge in shots, 53-38, and picked up more ground balls, 34-27, while the turnover battle was tight, 13-12 in Adelphi's favor. Eric Janssen made 13 saves for the Panthers, including several big saves down the stretch to push.
Offensively, Watson led the way with five points on four goals and an assist, while Tuttle chipped in two goals and an assist and Sciara added two goals of his own.