Inaugural Men's Lacrosse Season Ends With Loss At Dominican

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Anthony Major II (#10) led Felician in goals in its inaugural season. (Steven R. Smith)

HILLBURN, N.Y. – Dominican (N.Y.) College scored 10 consecutive goals during the second and third periods to key its 19-6 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's lacrosse victory over visiting Felician University on Saturday night at the Torne Valley Athletics Complex.

The game marked the end of the 2018 season for both schools. Felician concluded its inaugural intercollegiate campaign with won-lost records of 1-11 overall and 1-4 in CACC play.

Freshman Anthony Major II (Staten Island, N.Y.) enjoyed his first collegiate hat trick and classmate Jefferson Jacob (Staten Island, N.Y.) turned in his first multi-goal contest for Felician. Sophomore Nick D'Alessandro (Levittown, N.Y.) came off the bench to lead Dominican (3-11, 2-3) with seven points on six goals and an assist.

The Chargers were the first team to dent the scoreboard, tallying goals 18 seconds apart with fewer than three minutes gone by. Unassisted scores by James D'Albora (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Major pulled the Golden Falcons even with 6:40 left in the first quarter, and when the period ended, the game was still tied, 2-2.

The visitors ended up seeing more than 34 minutes of game time pass before they would again find the back of the net. The Chargers netted six second-quarter goals, including three in the last three minutes, to carry an 8-2 lead into halftime. Dominican scored twice in the first three minutes of period three, then twice more in a 47-second stretch mid-way through the quarter. By the time Major struck at the 3:30 mark of the third, his team still trailed, 12-3.

The hosts put the game away with three goals in a 74-second period early in the fourth quarter for a 16-4 edge.

After Felician failed to take full advantage of a 14-7 first-quarter shot advantage, the Chargers out-shot the Golden Falcons, 38-19, the rest of the way, and 45-33 for the game. Dominican senior goalkeeper Matthew Sandelier (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) earned the victory with 11 saves, and teammate Michael Reyes (East Meadow, N.Y.) totaled five goals and one assist.

Freshman Cody Hildebrand (Bristol, Conn.) led Felician with six ground balls and was 7 for 8 on face-offs. Freshman goalie Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y.) was credited with 12 saves and three ground balls.

The Golden Falcons and Chargers combined for 14 penalties on the night.

Felician's 21-player roster in 2018 included 18 freshmen.