March 25, 2014

Kelly's Sixer Sinks Merrimack

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) registered a career-best seven points to lead the top-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team to a 16-9 win over sixth-ranked Merrimack College on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field.

The Dolphins, who scored their most goals against the Warriors since a 16-5 win on April 23, 2006 (a span of 15 games), jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 34 seconds into the game. Kelly netted his first goal of the contest 29 seconds in from the left edge of the crease off a pass from behind the net by sophomore attackman Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa). Senior midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) was awarded the ensuing faceoff and raced up field to tally his ninth goal of the campaign.

In an extra-man situation, the Dolphins pushed their lead to three as junior midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) tallied his 16th goal of the year from 10 yards out off a pass from the right side by senior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn). Just 34 seconds later, Kelly found the back of the net from the left side of the crease after taking a feed from behind the net from Jenkins.

The Warriors took advantage of a failed Le Moyne clear attempt to get on the scoreboard. Kyle Guilbert picked up a loose ball near midfield and sent a pass to Paul Jones, who scored from five yards out with 7:30 remaining.

Le Moyne answered with three goals over a span of five minutes to take a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kelly started the run with 6:31 left by finishing off a feed from Bumpus on the left side of the crease. Kelly scored his fourth goal of the quarter with 2:02 remaining from the left edge of the crease after receiving a pass from senior midfielder Tim Beach (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius). Corapi finished off the scoring in the quarter with 1:33 left by ripping a shot into the back of the net from 15 yards out off a feed from Chadderdon in an extra-man opportunity.

The Dolphins extended their lead to seven following a turnover by the Warriors. Off a restart on the right sideline, Chadderdon sent a pass from the right side to Kelly, who was cutting in front of the cage and deposited his team-best 20th goal of the season into the net with 13:46 remaining.

The Warriors scored twice in 2:28 to trim their deficit to 8-3 with 10:34 remaining in the half. Tim Towler scored the first of the two from 10 yards out on the left side after cutting from the middle with 13:02 left. Jamie Shand pulled his team within five by scoring from the left side of the crease off a pass from Andrew Vivian.

Corapi picked up his third goal of the day from 12 yards out after taking a pass from the right side from Jenkins with 8:33 to go in the half.

After calling a timeout, the Warriors trimmed their deficit back to five as Shand scored from the front edge of the crease with 1:48 left off a pass from Tucker Schwarz.

Bumpus won the ensuing faceoff and raced up field before passing to Kelly, who then flipped a pass to Jenkins for his 11th goal of the season just six seconds after Shand's goal.

The Warriors pulled within 10-5 at the intermission as Max Allen scored from just off the crease after picking up the rebound after his initial shot in transition was saved.

Le Moyne outscored the Warriors, 4-1, in the fourth quarter to put the game away. After the Warriors turned the ball over behind their own goal, senior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tallied his 16th goal of the season from 10 yards out off a feed from Jenkins. Just 62 seconds later, freshman midfielder Brian Rogers (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) picked up a loose ball on the left side of the box and fired a 10-yard shot into the net for his second goal of the season.

Following a Le Moyne turnover, the Warriors scored their only goal of the quarter as Jack Trask snuck a shot inside the top left corner of the goal from the left edge of the crease.

The Dolphins closed out the quarter's scoring with a pair of goals over the final 5:50. Jenkins put his team up 13-6 by scoring from the right side of the crease after spinning past his defender, while Button scored with 2:11 left to give the Dolphins their largest lead of the game after taking a pass from Chadderdon in an extra-man situation.

The teams then traded goals in the fourth quarter. The Warriors started the scoring as Jones scored with 11:23 left after taking a pass from Guilbert. Le Moyne answered back 71 seconds later as Button tallied a behind-the-back goal in an extra-man opportunity after taking a pass from Chadderdon on the right side.

The Warriors cut their deficit back to seven with an extra-man goal of their own as Schwarz scored into the upper right corner from the left goal-line extended with 6:26 remaining.

Kelly finished off Le Moyne's scoring with 4:03 left from the left edge of the crease after cutting from behind the net on a restart of missed shot.

The Warriors delivered the final margin with 3:44 remaining on an unassisted goal by Towler into the upper right corner.

Junior goalkeeper Pat Brothers (Burlington, Mass./Malden Catholic) tallied 11 saves, including nine over the second and third quarters, to earn the win in his first career home start. Morgan Green took the loss for the Warriors after allowing seven goals in the first quarter, while making just one save. Chadderdon's five assists are a career high, while the six points and four assists by Jenkins are both career highs.

Le Moyne (8-0, 5-0 NE-10), which has won seven straight regular-season home games over the Warriors (dating back to the 2002 season), closes out the month of March on Saturday at Saint Anselm College at 11:00 a.m.

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