Adelphi beats Limestone for Division II title, 14-10

National crown is 7th for Panthers

Saints are own worst enemies

May 28, 2001|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Adelphi earned its seventh Division II championship by scoring eight of the game's last 11 goals and pulling away to a 14-10 win over defending national champion Limestone yesterday before 2,180 at Yurcak Field.

Senior attackman Rich Dommer led the Panthers with five goals. Sophomore midfielder Mike McInerney earned Most Valuable Player honors by contributing two goals and four assists. Senior attackman Brian Tower scored three goals and added an assist.

Limestone (13-3), which won its first national championship last year, was never a serious threat after suffering a rough third quarter.

Adelphi opened the second half with three unanswered goals to take a 10-6 lead. McInerney, who is from Australia, finished that run by firing a 15-yard shot past Limestone goalie Matt Malloy with 5:37 left in the quarter.

The Saints committed numerous unforced turnovers and spent much of the game in penalty trouble.

"I don't know how many balls we threw out of bounds. I threw a few of them away," Limestone junior attackman Nick Carlson said. "It was horrible, ugly lacrosse."

Said Adelphi coach Sandy Kapatos: "Things go your way when you work real hard. We contested every 50-50 ball. The kids outworked them and outplayed them."

There were four ties in the first half. The final one came when Carlson scored with 2:22 left to make it 6-6. With 17 seconds left, McInerney worked through three defenders on the right wing before making a point-blank shot to give the Panthers a 7-6 halftime lead.

Adelphi's defense was stifling in the second half. Goalie Brian Soper finished with 15 saves.

Adelphi 3 4 4 3 - 14

Limestone 2 4 1 3 - 10

Goals: A-Dommer 5, Tower 3, McInerney 2, Kraemer, Brunckbauer, Toy, Delfs; L-Campbell 3, Carlson 2, Spilker 2, Riley, Ross, Mangum. Assists: A-McInerney 4, Tower, Toy, Delfs, Campbell, Heavenor; L-Mangum 2, Navarro 2, Carlson, Hiltz. Saves: A-Soper 15; L-Malloy 14.

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