Men’s Lacrosse earns victory against Franklin Pierce

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Matt Stallknecht '15, Staff Writer

After a tough loss to a rival Adelphi team two weeks ago, the Men’s Lacrosse team rebounded with a victory last Saturday against Franklin Pierce.

The victory raised the team’s overall record to 10-1 and pushed their conference record to 7-1.

For the team, the biggest takeaway from the win was a dose of much-needed momentum, especially in the wake of the aforementioned loss to a strong Adelphi team.

“It feels real good to get back in the win column,” said junior defenseman Kyle Moyer. “We needed to get our momentum back so we can end the season on a strong note as we head into the playoffs, and ultimately I think we took a step in that direction on Saturday.”

The Dolphins wasted no time getting started in Saturday’s game, scoring the first four goals of the game in the opening 16 minutes of the contest. Junior attackman Kevin Kelly was the first Dolphin to get on the scoring board off an assist from senior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon at the 1:33 mark. Fellow attackman Mike Jenkins and Joe Corapi kept the early scoring charge going not long after Kelly’s goal, and with 6:30 left in the first quarter, the Dolphins were already up 3-0.

In the second quarter, Franklin Pierce started to show some signs of life, putting up two goals in the wee minutes of the quarter. But the Le Moyne offense simply could not be contained, and the Dolphins posted three more goals to close out the half.

Le Moyne’s scoring assault only intensified once the action picked back up in the third quarter, as Kelly kicked off a lengthy scoring run for the Dolphins with a goal at the 13:19 mark of the third quarter. The floodgates opened after this, as Le Moyne would go on to score six more goals in the quarter to push the team’s lead to 13-3. Kelly, Kam Bumpus, Chadderdon, Chris Button, Tim Beach, and Alex O’Brien all put up goals during the quarter in a stunning display of depth and versatility.

Franklin Pierce picked up its pace  a bit in the fourth quarter, but ultimately Le Moyne’s defensive unit proved to be too strong and it’s lead was too large. Franklin Pierce outscored the Dolphins 3-2 in the final quarter of the game, but it was all for naught. The Dolphins coasted home to a comfortable 15-6 victory.

Kelly was the leading scorer of the game with four goals, and Andrew Chadderdon had the most assists with four. On the defensive side, Pat Brothers led a strong defensive stand with eight saves.

The Dolphins continued this strong play in beating Upstate Challenge foe Saint Rose 16-4  and then closing out their home season by wiping out Southern Connecticut State 21-2.

Le Moyne plays its last regular season game on the road at St. Michaels before hitting the road to another national championship.