Championship Most Outstanding Player Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS) made 13 saves to lead the third-ranked Le Moyne College men’s lacrosse team to the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship with an 11-10 victory over top-ranked Mercyhurst University on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. 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 Le Moyne’s three NCAA tournament victories, junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) scored the game-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 face-off. Junior face-off specialist Cameron Fedish (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) picked up the ground ball and sent a pass to graduate student short-stick defensive midfielder Aaron Cahill (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland/Onondaga C.C.), who raced in to score his seventh goal of the season just 12 seconds into the game.
After Mercyhurst (18-1) caused a turnover, the Lakers evened the score at one apiece with 10:52 remaining as Deven Alves, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime last Saturday against Limestone College to push the Lakers into the title game, found the back of the net off a feed from James Chayka. Just 36 seconds later, Chayka tallied his 27th goal of the season to give Mercyhurst a 2-1 lead.