No. 3 Adelphi Opens with Strong Performance at Saint Leo

Saint Leo, FL No. 3 Adelphi kicked off their 2013 campaign against the Lions of Saint Leo. Behind scoring from six different players as well as a solid defensive effort, the Panthers trounced the hosts, 21-7, to notch their first win of the season, while the Lions fall to 0-2.

Sara Sangiorgio was the high goal scorer in the game, notching five goals while teammate Meg Brown tacked on four of her own. Devan Crimi tallied three goals and four assists while Danielle Jaycox, Emily Keesling and Melyssa Mathewson all chipped in with three goals apiece. Rachel O'Brien was credited with two assists to round out the point totals.

In goal, Taylor Langston recorded 32:26 minutes and made five saves while letting up as many goals to register her first win. Jordann Dempsey saw 23:54 minutes in cage, making three stops while giving up just two goals with Taylor Hayes rounding out the goalkeepers with 3:40 minutes logged in cage with three stops. As a team, the squad scooped up a total of 12 ground balls.

For the Lions, Stephanie Marran led five of her teammates with two goals while Christina Minneci, Alix Murray, Paige Leggio, Allie Sheftall and Alyssa Viscomi had one each. Minneci was credited with St. Leo's only assist on the team. Goalkeeper Brittany Millsap recorded 50 minutes in goal, allowing 19 scores and making a game high 10 assists while N. Sirota-Plotnikov closed out the final 10 minutes, allowing two goals and making two stops.

Mathewson wasted no time getting the Panthers on the board, notching her first of three goals within the opening 14 seconds of the game. Less than a minute later, the junior struck once again, giving Adelphi the early 2-0 lead. Keesling put in her first goal on an O'Brien assist while Crimi made it a 4-0 affair before the 27 minute mark.

Leggio put St. Leo on the board on a successful free position shot, but Sangiorgio responded 42 seconds later to keep the Panther cushion at four goals. Marran brought the deficit to three but Adelphi responded with three more unanswered goals to set the score at 8-2 in their favor.

Before the half concluded, Marran and Minneci tacked on two more goals for the Lions while Sangiorgio responded with two of her own to make it an 11-4 game at the half.

Four of the Panther's 11 second half goals came off of free position shots. Holding a comfortable 15-7 lead with 16:5 left to play, Adelphi closed out the game with six straight scores, all of which the Lions had no answers for. Sangiorgio put the exclamation point on the win with the contest's final score with 4:22 remaining on an assist from Crimi.

The #3 Panthers return to action on Friday, March 1, when they take on Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y. at 7:00 pm.


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