Embrace the Championship: Adelphi Blanks Merrimack to Earn NE10 Title

Embrace the Championship: Adelphi Blanks Merrimack to Earn NE10 Title


Panthers Win Second NE10 Title in Last Three Seasons


Garden City, N.Y. - For the second time in the past three years, the Adelphi University men's soccer team is the Northeast-10 Conference champions.

The Brown and Gold (15-3-2), seeded second, defeated fourth-seeded Merrimack College, 2-0, in the league finals on Sunday afternoon on Motamed Field. The title is the Panthers' second since joining the league, as the team first won conference crown - also on home turf - in 2016.

Adelphi's Italian duo, Alessandro Corti and Paolo Marciano, were responsible for Adelphi's scoring in the contest, with senior All-Conference forward James Thristino assisting on both tallies.

Junior All-Conference back Corti broke a scoreless tie in the 22nd minute, as he knocked Thristino's blocked shot past Merrimack (13-6) keeper Tyler Packett for the early 1-0 lead. NE10 Rookie of the Year Marciano scored the insurance in the 86th, as he took a long first touch from Thristino up from midfield, and moved his way past Packett one-on-one for the score.

With the Panthers leading 1-0 in the 72nd minute, however, it was Mads Michaelsen who had perhaps the biggest play for the home team on the afternoon.

With Matt Apicella having come off his line and the Adelphi net open, the All-Rookie defender was there to clear out a head by Gianluca Arlotti and preserve the clean sheet.

Corti was named Most Outstanding Player for the championship tournament overall, as he anchored an Adelphi defense which recorded three shutouts in three games. 

Apicella and Patrick Guier joined him on the All-Tournament team, with the former making seven saves in the finals and 18 in the tournament overall.


Alessandro Corti, Adelphi (Most Outstanding Player)

Patrick Guier, Adelphi

Matt Apicella, Adelphi

Mirko Nufi, Merrimack

Tola Showunmi, Merrimack

Steven Hernandez, AIC

Daniel Milton, SNHU

 Tuesday, October 30th   

Quarterfinals ­- at Higher Seeds

Match 1: #8 American International 2, #1 Le Moyne 1

Match 2: #7 Southern Connecticut 0, #2 Adelphi 2

Match 3: #6 Franklin Pierce 0, #3 Southern New Hampshire 3

Match 4: #5 Assumption 0, #4 Merrimack 2

Friday, November 2nd   
Semifinals - at Higher Seeds

Match 5: #4 Merrimack 2, #8 American International 1

Match 6: #2 Adelphi 1, #3 Southern New Hampshire 0

Sunday, November 4th 
Championship at Adelphi
            Match 7: #2 Adelphi 2, #4 Merrimack 0

Information for this release provided by the athletic communications staff at Adelphi

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