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Top-seeded Adelphi led from start-to-finish in one Northeast-10 Conference Men's Lacrosse Semifinal, while Le Moyne won a thriller in the other. Here's how Friday's action played out -
#1 Adelphi 11, #4 Pace 5 | BOXSCORE
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Revenge was sweet for Adelphi as they avenged their only regular season conference loss Friday evening in the NE10 semifinals. The Panthers (14-2) scored six times in the second quarter en route to an 11-5 victory against the Setters (12-3) to advance to the Finals on Sunday.
This is the fourth time in the past five seasons that the Brown and Gold will play for a conference title.
Shane deBoer netted the only hat trick for the Panthers, as five other teammates chipped in on offense. Gordon Purdie, Jr. posted a career-high five assists to finish with a team-leading six points as he added a goal of his own.
Brendan McDougal allowed five goals in sixty minutes, but collected nine saves for his 14th win of the year. Mark Andrejack got it done for the hosts at the faceoff mark, winning 15 of 19 attempts.
"I'm very proud of our boys effort tonight; we were focused all week and committed to the process, which resulted in a win over a good team," commented NE10 Co-Coach of the Year Gordon Purdie. "Our defense was able to shut down key [Pace] players which allowed our offense to put in work on the other end of the field."
The Panthers will contend for an NE10 Championship title on Sunday, May 1 when they host #2 Le Moyne at 1:00 p.m. on Motamed Field.
#2 Le Moyne 10, #3 Merrimack 9, Final-2OT | BOXSCORE
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sophomore midfielder Dan Entenmann scored with 35 seconds left in double overtime to give fourth-ranked and second-seeded Le Moyne a 10-9 victory over second-ranked and third-seeded Merrimack in the NE10 semifinals on Friday at Ted Grant Field.
The Dolphins improve to 13-2 on the season and advance to the NE10 Championship game for the 17th time in their 21 years in the conference. The Dolphins will take on top-seeded and third-ranked Adelphi on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Garden City, N.Y. The teams will be meeting in the title game for the third time in the last five years, with each team winning on the other team's home field in the previous two matchups.
The Warriors won the opening faceoff of the second overtime period and put a shot on goal 45 seconds into the period, but junior goalkeeper Jack Sweeney made the save.
The Dolphins cleared the ball and got off four shots over a span of 1:41, including three shots that were saved by Merrimack's Edward Hellier, before netting the game winner. Off a restart from behind the net, Entenmann worked his way to the right edge of the crease, where he was able to slip a shot into the back of the net for his 13th goal of the season with 35 seconds left in the second extra session.
Sweeney finished the contest with a season high-tying 14 saves (also had 14 saves in the regular season meeting with the Warriors), including six in the second quarter, to earn his 13th victory of the year. Sweeney's 14 saves are the fifth-most by a Dolphin in a postseason game and are the most since Jeff White '13 made 16 in the NE10 semifinals at Merrimack on May 3, 2013. Hellier registered 11 saves, including three in each of the first and sixth periods, in the loss.
Tuesday, May 2nd
Game 1: #3 Merrimack 13, #6 SNHU 10
Game 2: #4 Pace 12, #5 Saint Anselm 11, OT
Friday, May 5th
Game 3: #1 Adelphi 11, #4 Pace 5
Game 4: #2 Le Moyne 10, #3 Merrimack 9, Final -2OT
Sunday, May 7th
Championship at Highest Remaining Seed
Game 5: #1 Adelphi vs. #2 Le Moyne – 1:00 p.m.
Information for this release provided by the athletic communications staffs at Adelphi and Le Moyne.
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