MANCHESTER, N.H. – Gordon Purdie Jr. scored with 2:46 remaining in double overtime to give third-ranked Adelphi University an 11-10 victory over the No. 17-ranked Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team in Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday evening at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm (4-3, 3-2 NE10) led Adelphi (8-1, 6-0 NE10) by two, 9-7, after three quarters before the Panthers rallied to force overtime. After a scoreless first overtime period, Adelphi caused a turnover after Saint Anselm won the faceoff and called timeout. Out of the timeout, Ian Kirby set up Purdie Jr.'s game-winner which decided the second-straight regular-season overtime affair between the two programs.
Anthony Busconi paced the Hawks with two goals and two assists on the night and James Olsen also netted two goals. Xavier Quinn also recorded a multi-point night with a goal and an assist, while Alex Pacitti, Ryan Hesseltine, Mark Vitello, Teo Olsen and Patrick Sweeney each scored.
Defensively, Lucas DeAngelo suffered the loss despite making 11 saves, six in the fourth quarter, and also picked up four ground balls. Derrick LaBranche led the Hawks with six ground balls and Drew Bourdeau added five with a pair of caused turnovers as well.
Michael Osmundsen scored a game-high four goals to lead the Adelphi attack. Purdie Jr. chipped in with a pair of goals, Shane Deboer had a goal and two assists and Nicolas Racalbuto tallied a goal and an assist. Mark Andrejack was 14-for-25 on faceoffs and recorded a game-high eight ground balls for the Panthers. Brendan Mcdougal moved to 8-1 on the season by making 18 stops in net.
After Busconi opened the scoring 1:19 into the first quarter, Adelphi rattled off three-straight goals to take its largest lead of the night at 3-1 midway through the frame. The Hawks responded by netting the final two goals of the opening quarter to knot the game at 1-1 after one, as Quinn and Hesseltine found the back of the net.
Pacitti and Purdie Jr. traded goals 44 seconds apart midway through the second quarter before James Olsen scored back-to-back goals in the space of 16 seconds to give Saint Anselm a two-goal lead with 5:04 left in the opening half. Osmundsen brought the Panthers within one at the break with his second of the night with 1:26 left in the first half.
Adelphi took the lead by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter, but Saint Anselm responded with three-straight goals of its own to take a 9-7 lead into the fourth. Busconi had a hand in each of the three goals, setting up Teo Olsen and Sweeney on either side of his second goal of the night.
T Panthers knotted the game at 9-9 inside the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Vitello gave Saint Anselm the lead back with 6:50 remaining only for Osmundsen to answer with 4:57 on the clock after Quinn hit the post less than a minute earlier. The Hawks had a chance to win it late in regulation, but Adelphi forced a turnover out of a time out and DeAngelo had to make a save to deny Kirby with six seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.
Saint Anselm won the faceoff to begin overtime and quickly called another timeout. Out of the break, Vitello rang one off the post with the Hawks looking for a winning goal. Saint Anselm had a brief 30-second extra-man opportunity in the final minute of the first overtime but the Panthers survived, setting up Purdie Jr.'s heroics.
The Hawks outshot the Panthers 54-41, including 28-22 in shots on goal, in the game and held a slender 30-29 advantage in ground balls. Saint Anselm also committed one fewer turnover (17 to 18) than Adelphi but the Panthers held a 14-11 edge in faceoffs.
Saint Anselm faces its third-straight top-10 opponent on Saturday, April 8 when the Hawks travel to No. 2 Le Moyne for a noon showdown against the Dolphins.