No. 1 Adelphi Slays Dowling to Stay Unbeaten

Oakdale, N.Y. - Adelphi played their third game in five days on Sunday, March 27, taking on ECC power Dowling. The Panthers held a 7-1 edge, just over halfway through the first half of action and never looked back, collecting a 20-12 victory. With the win Adelphi remains unbeaten at 5-0, while Dowling falls to 3-2.

2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List member, Claire Petersen led the Panthers with a career-high 12 points on three goals and a career-high nine assists. Her point total and assist total break Adelphi's existing marks of 10 points and eight assists in a game. Erica Devito also had a strong game, scoring seven goals and adding an assist for eight points, while Elizabeth Fey adding five tallies.

Defensively Adelphi was led by Frankie Caridi, who made 10 stops in net, collecting her fifth win of the season. Fey was also strong on the defensive end, causing three turnovers, while Kristin Jones and Devan Crimi caused two turnovers each. Crimi led the team with four ground balls, while Demmianne Cook gobbled up three and Jacqueline Williams had a team-high four draw controls.

Adelphi led, 2-0 eight and a half minutes in on goals from Marissa Mills and Petersen when Dowling countered with a tally of their own. However, Petersen's second goal of the game sparked a 5-0 Panther run that spanned almost seven minutes of action and included scores from Petersen, two from Devito and a goal each from Fey and Crimi.

Dowling finally stopped the bleeding, getting back-to-back goals to cut the margin to four, 7-3 with 3:41 on the clock. But, Adelphi scored two of the final three goals of the first half, making it a five goal game at the intermission, 9-4.

The Panthers picked up where they left off in the second frame, scoring seven of the first ten goals in the second half, building a 16-7 cushion halfway through the action. The Golden Lions managed some success in the final 13:33 of the game, out scoring the Panthers 5-4, but the result was an Adelphi win, 20-12.

By the numbers Adelphi had the better of the play, out shooting Dowling, 38-28, picking up more ground balls, 19-17 and turning the ball over less, 13-20, but the Golden Lions won the draw control battle, 18-15.

The Panthers return to action on Wednesday, March 30 when they play host to Merrimack at 7:00 pm on Motamed Field.

2011-03-28



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