May 6, 2012

Adelphi Takes Northeast-10 Title Over Le Moyne

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Adelphi women's lacrosse team traveled to Syracuse, New York on Sunday in an effort to defend their Northeast-10 Championship against host and #1 ranked LeMoyne College. The Panthers used a five goal surge in the middle of the game to take a commanding 12-7 lead on the way to a 13-12 victory. With the win, Adelphi improves to 16-2 overall and runs their streak of Northeast-10 Tournament titles to three.

Marissa Mills led the offense, scoring four goals and adding one assist, while Michelle Ceraso had two goals and one helper. Devan Crimi and Erica DeVito chipped in two goals apiece for the Panthers, while Meg Brown, Alexa Froccaro and Sara Sangiorgio picked up one tally each.

Brown and Crimi paced the defensive effort, as both players caused three turnovers and Jacqueline Williams caused two turnoves herself. Williams and Froccaro racked up two ground balls apiece and Sangiorgio had a team high three draw controls. Jordann Dempsey made eight saves for the Panthers, including six big stops in the second half, earning the win and Northeast-10 Most Valuable Player honors.

Mills got the ball rolling for Adelphi, with her first tally of the game just 1:02 into the action, but the Dolphins picked up the next two goals, taking a 2-1 lead in what would become a back and forth affair. The Panthers and LeMoyne would exchange goals twice, but back-to-back tallies from DeVito and Froccaro put Adelphi ahead, 5-4 with 14:00 remaining in the first half.

The final 14 minutes of the first half was more of the same, as the Dolphins and Panthers traded goals three more times, but a Sangiorgio goal with 1:02 on the clock gave Adelphi an 8-7 lead heading into the intermission and proved to be a big goal, as momentum swung Adelphi's way. The Panthers stormed out of the locker room, scoring four unanswered goals, two from Mills, and one each from Crimi and Ceraso, in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 12-7 lead with 20:06 left on the clock.

LeMoyne finally stopped the bleeding, notching their first goal of the second half with 19:19 on the clock, but Ceraso's second tally of the half put Adelphi back on top by five goals with just 13:35 left in the game. The Dolphins would turn up the intensity in the final 13 minutes, resulting in four goals, the final tally coming with just 1:24 on the clock. But, the Panther defense would hold strong, securing the 13-12 victory for the Panthers.

Adelphi is assured a spot in the NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse Tournament for a fifth straight year, but the seeding will be announced at 8:00 pm tonight, live at www.ncaa.com.


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