#1 Adelphi Rolls Past Rollins in Panthers' Opener

Rollins opened the scoring 3:30 into the contest and could have led by more if not for the play of Frankie Caridi in net, turning the Tars away. Rollins continued to lead six minutes into the game, when Claire Petersen netted the first of her five goals to knot the action at 1-1. Marissa Mills, Demmianne Cook and Kaitlyn Carter would score the next three goals, giving Adelphi a 4-1 lead just over halfway through the first frame.

The Panther flood was stopped momentarily when Rollins netted a goal at the 12 minute. However, a second Adelphi wave hit the Tars, this one resulting in a, 14-4 halftime lead as the Panthers closed the half scoring 10 of the final 12 goals, including four more from Carter and three more from Petersen.

The second half was more of the same, as theTars again scored the first goal, just 29 seconds into the action. However, Adelphi would respond in the similar fashion to the first half as a Mills tally triggered four straight from the Panthers, including tallies from Erica Devito, Petersen and Devan Crimi. Adelphi's run made the count, 18-6 with 18:15 left in the game, removing any suspense from the action and doubt about the outcome as the Panthers would come away with a 21-9 victory.

Carter led all players with seven points on six goals and one assists, while Petersen found the net five times and handed out an assist of her own. Mills, Devito and Crimi all tallied four points, Devito and Crimi on an even two goals and two assists each, and Mills on four rips past the Tars goalkeeper. Cook and Elizabeth Fey rounded out the Adelphi point getters with a goal apiece.

Caridi faced 36 shots from Rollins, coming up with 16 stops, including 11 in the first half, while Adelphi sent 39 shots at the Tars goal. Defensively the Panthers caused seven turnovers led by Mills with two. Rollins came away with the win in draw controls, 18-13 and Cook and Mills had three each, while Jacqueline Williams and Petersen corralled two apiece.

The win pushes Adelphi's streak of season opening victories to 11, dating back to 2001. In addition, the Panthers have not lost a road opener since 2003. The top-ranked Panthers return to action on March 12, when they open up at home against Philadelphia University at noon on Motamed Field.

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