April 23, 2011

Vitale Scores Seven in Adelphi Triumph of SNHU

from press release

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The No. 6 Adelphi University men's lacrosse team hosted the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University this afternoon on Motamed Field. Adelphi used an 8-3 halftime advantage to go on to defeat SNHU, 12-6. The Panthers improves to 11-2 and 7-1, while SNHU drops to 4-8 and 3-6.

For the Panthers, junior Joe Vitale scored a game-best seven goals, while graduate student Tommy Susko found the back of the net twice. Junior Eric Janssen stopped six shots in 45 minutes of play.

Southern New Hampshire struck first and early in the first period on a score from Keith Merluzzo with the assist from Greg Reynolds. Vitale would then answer with an unassisted goal to even the score at 1-1, with 5:39 left in the period. With just under four minutes left in the first, SNHU would take a 2-1 lead on a score from Gary McKay. Adelphi would end the period with back-to-back goals from Vitale and Susko to take a one-goal lead into the second period.

The second period was all Adelphi as the Panthers scored the first four goals with three of them coming from Vitale. After a Reynolds goal for the Penmen, freshman Ken Fundus found the back of the net with 22 seconds left on the clock to give Adelphi an 8-3 halftime advantage.

There was little scoring in the third period, as Adelphi scored both goals which came from junior Kieran Riegel and sophomore Michael Rossi, both unassisted.

Senior Daniel Gill would set up Vitale for his sixth of the game to open the fourth period and give Adelphi an eight-goal lead, 11-3. With 6:30 left in regulation, Vitale found the back of the net once again, extending Adelphi's lead. In the final 6:12 of play, SNHU would answer back with three unanswered goals but it wasn't nearly enough as Adelphi held on for the six-goal win.

For the Penmen, Reynolds scored two goals and added an assist, while James Sabino ended with a goal and an assist. Brendan O'Brien stopped 16 Panther shots in the loss.

The Panthers return to action on Tuesday, April 26, when they host Pace University at 7:00 p.m. on Senior Day.

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