Purple Division Semifinals: Farmingdale Defeats Fordham with Six Unanswered Goals

by Justin Miller

In the first game of the Purple Division semifinals, #1 Farmingdale took on #4 Fordham. After a dominant victory on Friday night, Fordham got off to a fast start in this semi-final matchup. Anthony DeMario scored his first goal of the tournament to give his team an advantage 55 seconds into the game. DeMario struck again later in the period, beating Joseph Decanio one on one to put Fordham up by two. As it seemed they were running away with this game, Farmingdale made an emphatic comeback. It started with an odd goal in the form of a deflected shot from Ryan Murphy that went up and over the shoulder of Daniel Gerts. 

From there, the floodgates opened, with Farmingdale scoring five more unanswered goals. First, Sean O’Donnell scored the final goal of the first period off of a perfect backhanded feed to tie the game. Then, Joseph LaChase deflected a shot in for the go-ahead goal in the second period. This was followed by goals from Luke Judge, Luciano Signoretti on the power play, and lastly, John McCann. “We just had to rally around each other… we came together and got it done,” said Jason Brennan on Farmingdale’s comeback bid.

This rally set up a 6-2 game in the third period, with Farmingdale in the driver’s seat. At the 15:11 mark of the period, Robert Rotondo Jr. got his second goal of the tournament to bring Fordham slightly closer. In desperation time, with the net empty, Declan Pierce scored a goal to come within two. However, Farmingdale staved off Fordham and secured a 6-4 semifinal victory. They’ll take on the winner of the Quinnipiac vs. Fairfield game in the finals. 

3 Stars of the Game

1. Fordham, Anthony DeMario: 2 goals, assist

2. Farmingdale, Tim Duffy: 2 assists

3. Farmingdale, Joseph LaChase: Go-ahead goal