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Capital District players fuel LeMoyne's success

Mike Chambers anchors LeMoyne defense
Mike Chambers anchors LeMoyne defense
Photo by David Chambers

The LeMoyne (Syracuse, N.Y.) men's lacrosse team capped off a stellar season with an 18-6 victory over St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vt. Saturday.

The Dolphins are the No. 2 ranked team in Division II in New York State and finish the season 10-1 atop the Northeast-10 Conference and 13-1 overall.

Five Capital District players start for LeMoyne, who will host a conference semifinal against third-seeded Merrimack in the semifinal round of the conference playoffs Friday.

In the regular season the Dolphins defeated Merrimack 16-9 on March 25th in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Area players include Mike Jenkins and Brian Rogers of Clifton Park, Chris Breiner of Troy, Max Wagner of Delmar and Michael Chambers of Niskayuna.

Saturday's victory guaranteed a home game for LeMoyne in the semifinal.

The Dolphins trailed 1-0 before striking for six-straight goals on the way to a 9-2 victory over the Purple Eagles.

Jenkins, a sophomore attack, scored two goals and two assists.

Jenkins has had four goals and six assists in three games. He scored three goals in a 21-2 triumph over Southern New Hampshire College last Saturday.

Chambers, a junior defender, transferred to LeMoyne after playing two years at Onondaga Community College and has started in every game.

"Historically, LeMoyne is known as a powerhouse in lacrosse," Chambers said of his decision to continue his career in Syracuse. "Expectations here are always very high and every year LeMoyne has its eyes set on a National Championship."

The Dolphins are the defending champions.

LeMoyne began the season with two losses in scrimmages on January 25, dropping a 10-9 decision to Hofstra, followed by a 15-4 defeat at the hands of the Syracuse Orangeman in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

The Dolphins conference opener was a 12-6 victory over Assumption (MA.) at home. They followed that victory with eight consecutive more.

On April 5 LeMoyne suffered its lone defeat of the season to Adelphi, 13-11. The Dolphins went on to roll off their final four games of the season in winning fashion.

Jenkins has 23 goals and a team-high 27 assists. He's had two goals and four assists in three games and three goals in a 21-2 triumph over New Hampshire last Saturday.

His biggest goal of the season, however, was when he scored LeMoyne's game winner in an overtime 12-11 decision over Dowling.

Breiner, a junior attack man , started in 13 games and scored four goals and two assists. Rogers, a freshman midfielder also started in 13 games and contributed five goals and two assists.

Joining Chambers on defense is Wagner, in his final season,

"I have played defense on every team I played on," said Chambers who also was a cornerback for his high school football team. "You will always have a few big scorers on a team, but defense is more of a big strong unit. In lacrosse, the defense is team oriented with not just one or two standout players.''

Chambers knows just what his team needs to do to defeat Merrimack again.

"They (Merrimack) have a very strong attack and they like to initiate from midfield,'' Chambers said. "We need to win our individual match ups which we did the first time we met. We just need to stay true to what we did the first time around."