Championship Most Outstanding Player Jeff White made 13 saves to lead the third-ranked Le Moyne men's lacrosse team to the NCAA Division II national championship with an 11-10 victory over top-ranked Mercyhurst on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Dolphins won their last 10 games of the season to claim the program's fourth national championship and their second in two appearances at Lincoln Financial Field (2006).
Le Moyne finishes the season with a record of 18-2, which ties the 2006 squad for the most victories by a Division II national champion. In each of the Dolphins’ three NCAA tournament victories, junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon scored the winning goal.
Le Moyne, which previously won national championships in 2004 (11-10 over Limestone), 2006 (12-5 over Dowling) and 2007 (6-5 over Mercyhurst), got on the scoreboard off the opening faceoff. Junior faceoff specialist Cameron Fedish picked up the ground ball and sent a pass to short-stick defensive midfielder Aaron Cahill, a graduate student who raced in to score his seventh goal of the season just 12 seconds into the game.
The Dolphins extended their lead to 5-2 in the second quarter. After an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Lakers, Tyler Prevost slipped a shot from 10 yards out into the lower right corner of the goal at the 6:13 mark after receiving a pass from Nate Frechette.
Mercyhurst, which won the 2011 national championship over Adelphi, responded with three goals in 1:33 to even the score at five apiece. The Dolphins, though, scored the first six goals of the second half to take an 11-5 lead. Then the Lakers rattled off five goals of their own, and when Jake McAndrew tallied an unassisted goal, his 40th of the season, Mercyhurst pulled within 11-10 with 2:49 remaining.
The Lakers attempted several shots late but could not score the tying goal. White, who made 10 of his saves in the second half, including six in the third quarter, earned his 18th win of the season between the pipes, tying Jared Corcoran in 2006 for the most wins in a single season in the program's history.