#1 Adelphi Conquers the Warriors in NE10 Semis

Garden City, N.Y. - Adelphi earned a spot in the Northeast-10 championship with a 24-10 victory over fourth seeded Merrimack on Saturday. The Panthers outscored the Warriors 9-3 in the second half to turn a 15-7 game into a 24-10 victory. With the win Adelphi remains spotless at 17-0, while the Warriors end their season 12-7.

Claire Petersen led the Adelphi attack with a game-high 14 points, she handed out 11 assists and notched three goals. Demmianne Cook and Erica Devito also had strong games, as Cook had eight points on five goals and three helpers and Devito tallied six goals. In addition both Elizabeth Fey (4G) and Kaitlyn Carter (3G, 1A) chipped in four points each.

The defensive charge was led by Jacqueline Williams, who had four caused turnovers, while Marissa Mills and Cook had three caused turnovers each. Both Kristin Jones and Carter added two caused turnovers, while Fey led the Panthers with seven draw controls. Both Meg Brown and Mills collected five ground balls, and Williams had four.

Frankie Caridi picked up her 17th win in net for Adelphi, making 11 stops, including seven in the first half. Caridi also had one caused turnover and picked up three ground balls.

Merrimack struck first, scoring the first goal at the 27:38 mark off the stick of Colleen Strachan. Adelphi answered back 47 seconds later when Fey scored off of a Petersen feed, knotting the game at one. Adelphi and Merrimack would exchange goals again and three straight Devito tallies, all off of assists from Petersen, sent the Panthers on a 6-0 run that gave Adelphi a six goal cushion, 8-2 with 21:10 on the clock.

The Warriors would get two straight goals from Mary Pasquantonio and Maria DeStefano, cutting the Panther lead to four, 8-4. Adelphi responded with a 6-0 run, that was capped by a Brown goal with 6:11 left in the half. But, Merrick rallied in the final six minutes of the first, out scoring Adelphi 3-1 to pull within eight at intermission, 15-7.

The Panthers opened the second half with two quick goals, and out scored Merrimack, 7-2 in the first 16 minutes of the second frame to push their advantage to 22-9 and put the game away. Carter would net Adelphi's final goal with 9:03 on the clock to give the Panthers a 24-10 victory.

Adelphi will return to action on Sunday, May 8 when they take on second seeded LeMoyne College at noon on Motamed Field for the Northeast-10 Championship. With a win the Panthers will equal the program record for wins in a season and consecutive wins in a season at 18.

2011-05-07



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