No. 2 Adelphi Nips Stonehill in Overtime in NE-10 Semifinals

Syracuse, N.Y. No. 2 Adelphi defeateded the #8 Skyhawks of Stonehill this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 tournament. In a very close game that featured seven ties and a combined seven players scoring multiple goals, the Panthers (15-2) came out on top, 13-12, after Stonehill's last-second effort in regulation forced overtime. Meg Brown provided the winning goal for the Brown and Gold, who will stay on the campus of host Le Moyne for the championship game tomorrow.

Mary Lee Mahoney of the Skyhawks (14-5) put her team on the board first less than two minutes in on a feed from teammate Sarah Galligan. Devan Crimi (3g, 1a) fired back with consecutive scores to give the Panthers a 2-1 advantage.

Kayla Green evened the slate at two a piece on an unassisted goal at the 17:17 mark. The Panthers capitalized on two free position shots to pull ahead 4-2 courtesy of freshman Danielle Jaycox (1g) and senior Erica Devito (2g, 2a).

Stonehill would go on to score four more goals in the half which were broken up by back-to-back scoring efforts from Sara Sangiorgio (3g) to knot the game at 6-6 heading into halftime.

Marissa Mills (2g) notched the first of her two goals just 5:54 into the second, but Stonehill responded with three unanswered goals to take their first lead of the game and set the Panthers back by two at 9-7.

However, the quartet of Mills, Crimi, Devito and Sangiorgio rattled off four straight scores; one unassisted, one on a free position, and two coming from a Brown (1g, 3a) assist. With less than three minutes remaining, Stonehill buckled down and closed the gap to 11-10 at the 2:22 mark.

Controlling the ball, the Skyhawks rattled off three shots which were all off the mark as time wound down. However, a last minute effort by Green with 22 seconds remaining found the back of the net and tied the game at 11. Off of the draw control, which was won by Stonehill, Samantha Lynott attempted one final shot to put the game away, but cage minder Jordann Dempsey came up big with the save to send the game into overtime. In overtime, a shot by Mills would have given Adelphi the quick lead but her attempt was just off the mark as it hit the crossbar. The Panthers essentially controlled the first three minutes and did not allow a Stonehill shot.

With 2:38, Brown beat Rebecca Moore for the go-ahead, and eventual game winning, goal. Another last second attempt by Stonehill's Mikayla Couch off a free position shot hit the post and resulted in a ground ball for Alexa Froccaro, giving Adelphi possession of the ball to run the clock out.

Dempsey made seven saves in the win, while her counterpart, Moore, made 11. The statistical battle was fairly even as each team registered 31 shots. Adelphi picked up 22 ground balls, gained 11 draw controls, cleared 16-19 attempts, and had eight less turnovers.

The Panthers will look to defend their NE-10 Crown as they take on top seeded, and #1 ranked Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y. tomorrow at 3:00 pm in the Northeast-10 championship game.

2012-05-05



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