Top-Ranked Adelphi Knocked off by No. 5 C.W. Post in OT

Garden City, N.Y. No. 1 Adelphi took on Long Island rival and #5-ranked C.W. Post in the final regular season game. Despite the Panthers opening with a 6-1 run, the Pioneers crawled back and forced overtime. C.W. Post's effort proved to be enough to serve Adelphi just their second defeat of the season, 13-11. With the loss, the Panthers move to 14-2, 11-1 NE-10, while the Pioneers advance to 13-2, 6-0 ECC.

Adelphi's Meg Brown (3G) notched the first of her three goals in the opening 1:26 of the game to get the scoring going. Teammate Danielle Jaycox (1G) made it a two goal game with a shot that found the back of the net for her first and only goal of the game, courtesy of an Erica Devito (4G, 3A) feed, her first of three.

The Panthers went on to put in four more unanswered goals, courtesy of Brown, Devito and two by Marissa Mills (3G), making it a 6-1 affair with just under 15 minutes left in the half.

However, two back to back goals by C.W. Post's Abbie Ross, and combine with a score each by Ashley Olen and Katie Rotan made it a 6-5 game as halftime rolled around.

On their first possession of the second half, Olen struck again with her third goal of the game to tie the contest at six apiece just 38 seconds in.

Devito and Olen traded scores over the ensuing six minutes, and then Brown allowed her team to retake the lead once again at 8-7 with her third goal on a Devito pass.

Olen put in her fourth goal to tie it, and then Alexis Newman found the back of the cage to give C.W. Post the go ahead goal and first lead of the game at 9-8.

Mills notched the equalizer with 6:14 left on the clock to knot the score at nine a piece. With the clock ticking closer to the horn, the Panthers held the ball and set up their offense for one final shot. However, Mills' shot was just off the mark as the game would head into overtime.

The Pioneers managed to score four unanswered goals; two by Jackie Sileo and one by Nan Mayott and Katie Rotan. With time running out, two last second goals by Devito was not enough to bridge the gap.

Up next, the Panthers, who clinched the #2 seed in the Northeast-10 Tournament, earn a quarterfinal round bye and will play the winner of the #6 Merrimack and #3 Stonehill on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. on the campus of Le Moyne College (final four host site) in Syracuse, New York.


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