#1 Adelphi Rolls by #2 Le Moyne to Claim NE-10

Garden City, N.Y. - Top ranked Adelphi captured its second straight Northeast-10 tournament title, 17-11 over second seed Le Moyne on Sunday, May 8 on Motamed Field. The Panthers used a 9-0 run in the first half, building a 9-1 cushion on the way to victory. With the win, Adelphi matches the programs record for wins in a season with 18.

Erica Devito led the way with seven points on seven goals, while Claire Petersen chipped in five points on one goal and four assists. Marissa Mills and Elizabeth Fey also had strong games as Mills had four points on three goals and one helper and Fey found the back of the Dolphin net three times.

Katelynn Ciaci led the defense with three caused turnovers and Jacqueline Williams and Kaitlyn Carter had two apiece. Six Panthers had three ground balls and Fey won six draws, while Mill was one back with five draw control wins. Frankie Caridi made 11 stops in net, collecting her 18th win of the season, while also collecting three ground balls.

Petersen, Fey and Devito were each honored with inclusion on the Northeast-10 All-Tournament team for their play during the playoffs. Devito was named tournament MVP, totaling 13 goals in two games, six in the win over Merrimack and seven in the victory over LeMoyne.

Le Moyne scored the first goal of the game, just 1:16 into the action as Rebekah Elmer scored on a free position. Fey scored her first of the game just 45 ticks later to knot the game and spark a 9-0 Adelphi run, that included five in a row from Devito and gave the Panthers a 9-1 edge with 3:36 left in the half.

However, the Dolphins regrouped, getting three straight from Brittany Brigandi, all on free position shots and all in the final minute of play to enter the intermission trailing just five, 9-4.

The second half was a game of runs, as Adelphi used a 6-0 run from 17:56 to 8:43 to turn a 10-6 game what looked like a 16-6 run away win as Mills and Devito both chipped in two during the run. But, Le Moyne again proved resilient, netting five in a row of their own, the first and last goals on free position shots, to pull to within five, 16-1 with 1:19 on the clock.

But, it was too little too late as Meg Brown put the exclamation point on Adelphi's second straight NE-10 Championship, scoring with an eight yard rip on a free position with four ticks on the clock to seal the win.

Adelphi won the statistical battle as well, taking more shots, 44-30, grabbing more ground balls, 25-19 and winning more draws 17-13.

The Panthers will now wait to hear who will join them in the NCAA Division II National Championship bracket, with the selection show airing at 9:00 pm tonight on NCAA.com.

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Garden City, N.Y. Tournament Most Valuable Player Erica Devito scored seven goals to lead top-ranked and top-seeded Adelphi to a 17-11 win over second-ranked and second-seeded Le Moyne in the Northeast-10 Conference championship on Sunday afternoon at Motamed Field.

Senior All-Tournament team midfielder Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) got the Dolphins on the scoreboard first by scoring off a free-position shot 1:19 into the game.

The Panthers, who claimed their second straight conference championship after joining the Northeast-10 at the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year, rattled off the game's next nine goals to take control of the contest. Elizabeth Fey evened the score at one 42 seconds after Elmer's goal off a pass from behind the cage by two-time Northeast-10 Player of the Year Claire Peterson.

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