Offense leads NYIT to title

NYIT 16 Le Moyne 11 Men's Division II final

May 26, 2008|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporter

Foxborough, Mass. -- Coming into yesterday's Division II national championship, the New York Institute of Technology knew Le Moyne had an outstanding defense. The Bears knew Le Moyne was giving up just 3.27 goals a game and that the Dolphins were going to rely on their defense as they tried to win their third straight title.

But the Bears also suspected Le Moyne had never seen an offense like theirs. And they were right.

NYIT blasted Le Moyne, 16-11, yesterday, scoring more goals by halftime (nine) than the Dolphins had given up all in a game all season. The Bears also got a great game from goalkeeper Chris Powers, a transfer from BYU and a student with a 4.0 grade point average who just two years ago needed eight knee surgeries to play lacrosse again. Powers made 11 saves despite a pulled hamstring.

"Most of the game was a blur for me," Powers said. "I pulled my hamstring in the first quarter, and it was bothering me, but it was the national championship game. I knew I had to suck it up."

Keith Henderson scored five goals and was the game's Most Outstanding Player.

kevin.vanvalkenburg @baltsun.com

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