Men’s Soccer Finishes Season 12-6

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By Jim Testani ‘15

STAFF WRITER

On Tuesday Nov. 4th the Dolphin men traveled to Garden City, NY to take on Adelphi College in the first round of the NE-10 Championships. The sixth-seeded Dolphins ultimately fell to the third-seeded Panthers 2–1 to end their season. This year the Le Moyne men had their best record in five years, finishing  12–6 overall and  8–5 in the NE-10.

In their final game, the ‘Phins offense ended with ten shots in total, with only three on goal. The Dolphin defense didn’t let up either, allowing only 14 shots with eight on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Ben Beaury finished his inaugural season with six saves; making his total 61 on the season and recording eight shutouts, the most ever by a freshman goalkeeper.

It was early in the game when Adelphi put up their first of two goals on the Dolphin defense. Just under six minutes into the game, the Adelphi offense slipped a goal into the bottom left corner of the net, just past Beaury’s reach. Twelve minutes later, the Panthers scored the winning goal.

The Panthers managed to sneak a header just past the right post and into the net for their second and final goal of the game. The Dolphins offense began to click in the second half, where they scored their only goal in the 81st minute. Senior midfielder Zach MacNabb’s shot was on target but was deflected by the Adelphi goalkeeper which put grad student forward Fabian Egger in perfect position to put the deflection into the net for his team leading tenth goal of the season. Egger is the 16th Dolphin in the program’s history to score double digit goals in one season and the second to do it on their first season.

Ultimately the Dolphin squad did not get another chance to score to tie up the game at two, thus ending their season. This was a season of highs and lows for Dolphins, after starting their season 3–0 and then losing their NE-10 opener to Saint Michael’s College in double overtime, the ‘Phins squad won three more games straight and improved to 6–1. The Dolphins then dropped two games and won two games, making their record 8–3 at the halfway point in their season. Their high point came three games later when the Dolphin men took on and beat the #1 ranked team in the nation, Southern New Hampshire University.

After Tuesday’s loss, the Dolphins are now waiting on a potential NCAA bid; if they were to get into the tournament it would be their first bid in five years. Next season the Dolphins look to a younger team to lead them into victory for the many years to come.