No. 4 Adelphi Sprints by Merrimack in NE-10 Opener

Garden City, N.Y. No. 4 Adelphi hosted the Warriors of Merrimack in their Northeast-10 opener. After going up 11-2 in the first, the Panthers held the double-digit lead throughout the second and closed out the game, 20-7. With the win, Adelphi stays perfect, 5-0, 1-0 NE-10 while Merrimack continues to search for their first win as they slip to 0-3, 0-3 NE-10.

Devan Crimi led five other women with multiple point games as she scored three goals and dished out six for a career high nine points. Teammates Rachel O'Brien and Sara Sangiorgio combined for eight goals and three assists while Danielle Jaycox and Alexa Froccaro registered two scores each. Three of Melyssa Matthewson's four points came from assists while Felicia Mills, Camille Rosellini, Jacqueline Williams and Lauren Janelli rounded out the scoring with one goal each. Jordann Dempsey recorded her second win of the season as the junior recorded four saves in cage.

Tyler Szymanski and Jenn Pino did most of the legwork for the Warriors as they had an even split of a combined six goals. Liz Greeley rounded out Merrimack's goal scoring contingent while Olivia Huie recorded the only assist for the visitors. Inna Hedden played all 60 minutes in cage and made eight stops in the loss.

As a team, the Panthers outshot the Massachusetts based squad, 35-16, picked up more ground balls, 15-12, doubled up on draw controls, 18-9 and converted on two of five free position attempts.

The Panthers wasted no time beginning the scoring exhibition as Sangiorgio put in her first of five scores just 50 seconds into the contest on a feed from O'Brien. The score was the first in a string of 11 unanswered goals which was capped by Lauren Janelli's fourth of the season. Merrimack's Szymanski ended the drought with the squad's first goal with 21 seconds left and then found the back of the net on a free position attempt as time expired, sending the game into halftime, 11-2.

In a more tightly contested second, the Panthers still managed to outscore their opponents by a four goal margin. Crimi beat Hedden on back to back attempts to open up the second frame. Over the ensuing 19 minutes, the two teams traded five goals apiece. With a minute left, Froccaro added Adelphi's 19th goal while Williams put the finishing touches on the win with her second score of the season with one second remaining.

The #4 Panthers return to action on Wednesday, March 20 when they head up to New Haven, Connecticut to take on the Southern Connecticut State Owls at 7:00 pm.

2013-03-16



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