Behind goals from 15 different players No. 2 Adelphi routs No. 11 St. Michael's
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- No. 2 Adelphi defeated No. 11 St. Michael's 22-6 in the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 championship on Friday.
After throwing down six goals in the opening period, the Panthers flexed their offensive power by tacking on 14 through the next two quarters and closing with two more in the final frame. With the win, the Brown and Gold improved their record to 13-1, while the Purple Knights fell to 11-5.
A total of 15 players registered at least one point while nine had multiple-point games. No one topped senior Nick Watson as he recorded a career-high eight points on six assists and two goals. Ikerson Hopper had a game-high four goals, while six of his teammates chipped in with two goals each.
Rashad Cureton and Daniel Moriarty impressed on faceoffs, with Cureton taking nine of 11 and Moriarty going 6-7. Cureton also scooped up a team-high nine ground balls. All four of the Panther's goalkeepers saw time in cage on Friday with graduate student Eric Janssen earning the win after logging the first 30 minutes and allowing just two goals, while making six saves. Aidan Bennardo played the entire third quarter, allowing just two goals and making five saves, while John McGrath and Keith McDermott split the final 15 minutes and combined for four saves and just two goals against.
For St. Michael's, Marty Vanzo did most of the leg work as he accounted for half of his team's goals, earning two of their three assists. Pete Donnally, DJ Dauria and Austin Driscoll all found the back of the net once.
Chris DeMairo suffered the loss after allowing 20 goals through 55:54 minutes in cage before teammates Andrew Landers and TJ Bicknell took over for the final 4:06.
The Panthers' offense was on fire from the start and unleashed 13 goals in the first half to put the game out of reach early. Watson was involved in four of Adelphi's six first-quarter goals, scoring twice himself and dishing out two assists by setting up Brendergast and Celano. Following up, Tuttle notched back-to-back goals within 1:25 of each other on successful unassisted attempts.
The scoring exhibition continued into the second as the Brown and Gold put up five more unanswered goals, while their defense didn't allow St. Michael's to get on the board, making it an 11-0 affair. Scoring came behind the efforts of Jamie McAndrew, Brian Prendergast, Patrick Starke, Hopper and Cory Stavis.
Vanzo finally got the Purple Knights on the board on an unassisted play with 4:35 left before halftime. However, Adelphi's Joe Celano and Anthony Rainone pushed the Panthers score up to 13 at the break, while Donnally added St. Michael's second goal.
Within the opening four minutes of the third, Hopper scored three times on assists from Vinny Coiro, Cureton and Watson, making it 16-2. Vanzo managed to beat Bennardo twice in the quarter, but Adelphi responded with four more goals of its own to send the game into the fourth at 20-4.
Dauria and Driscoll traded goals with Adelphi's Nathan Serviss and Stephen Beckwith to round out the scoring.
With the win, the Panthers secured a spot in the NE-10 championship game, which will be held on Motamed Field on Sunday.