Crimi and O'Brien Power Adelphi Past Philadelphia
from press release
Garden City, N.Y. - The No. 5 Adelphi women's lacrosse team recorded a dominating 20-3 victory over the Rams of Philadelphia University in a non-conference contest on Motamed Field earlier this afternoon. The stickwomen used a 13-goal first half to put the contest out of reach early on and then followed it up with another seven in the second to mark their second 20-goal game this season. With the win, the Panthers improve to 4-0 overall while the Rams drop to 0-2.
Adelphi was led by Rachel O'Brien and Devan Crimi, each of whom recorded seven points; O'Brien with five goals and two assists while Crimi netted four goals and recorded three assists. Sara Sangiorgio added six points as she poured in four scores and dished out two assists, while Melyssa Mathewson added three points behind a pair of goals and an assist. Sophomore Danielle Jaycox chipped in with two points behind one goal and one assist and led the Panthers on defense with five ground balls. Emily Keesling also did her part with an even split of two points while Lauren Janelli, Jacqueline Williamsand Felicia Mills each added one goal. Jordann Dempsey picked up the win in cage as she logged 58:44 in goal and made three saves. Taylor Hayes finished the game and made two saves in 1:16 of action.
As a team, the Panthers won the statistical battle as well, outshooting the visitors 39-14, led 21-16 in ground balls and 18-7 in draw controls all while causing 11 turnovers.
After nearly seven minutes of scoreless action, Mathewson broke the tie off of an assist from Sangiorgio to put the Panthers up 1-0. O'Brien would score two within five minutes, both unassisted, to up the lead to 3-0 with 18:08 remaining in the first half.
The Rams got one back when Emily Ray found the back of the net at the 15 minute mark, but Keesling answered less than 20 seconds later with a free position goal to put the Panthers back up by three, 4-1. Keesling was instrumental on the next play as she picked up her first assist of the season off of Sangiorgio's first goal of the game; the goal brought the Panthers' lead to 5-1 with 12:55 to go.
The Rams had no answers to the Panthers' offensive onslaught as Janelli, O'Brien and Sangiorgio each found the back of the cage to push Adelphi's lead to 10-1 with 5:38 left to play in the opening act. A Williams free position goal was followed up by scores from O'Brien and Mathewson in the final minute of action to lengthen Adelphi's lead to 13-1 at the half.
Less than two minutes into the second frame, Crimi netted her 11th goal of the year to blossom the Adelphi lead to 14-1. That would be the first of four straight goals for Crimi, allowing Adelphi to put a 15 goal gap between them and the Rams with 22 minutes left to play.
Either team would score again for over seven minutes until Libby Nichols beat Dempsey in a man-up situation with 14:19 to go in the game. Nonetheless, the Panther's Jaycox, Sangiorgio and Mills rounded out the scoring, pushing Adelphi to the 23 goal mark as they closed the books on their fourth victory of the season.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, March 16 when they host the Warriors of Merrimack College for a 1 p.m. Northeast-10 contest.