No. 4 Adelphi Escapes with Narrow Win over Saint Anselm

Garden City, N.Y. #4 Adelphi hosted the Hawks of St. Anselm on Motamed Field in a Northeast-10 Conference contest. The Panthers found themselves down by two goals in the first but rallied to come away with the 11-9 win. The victory keeps Adelphi perfect at 12-0, 8-0 NE-10 while St. Anselm moves to 8-4, 5-3 NE-10.

Devan Crimi led the Panthers once again as she accounted for four of her team's 11 scores while dishing out one assist for a total of five points. She now moves into 10th all-time in career points with 202. Danielle Jaycox found the back of the cage twice while teammate Alexa Froccaro did the same and added two assists for four points. Melyssa Mathewson, Sara Sangiorgio and Emily Keesling rounded out the scoring contingent for the Panthers with Jacqueline Williams and Rachel O'Brien combining for three assists.

Jordann Dempsey and Taylor Hayes split the goaltending duties evenly. Dempsey allowed seven goals in the first half while Hayes saw two shots go by and made five stops.

As a team, Adelphi scooped up more ground balls, 17-10, took more shots, 27-17, gained more draw controls, 15-7 and were successful on 13 of 15 clear attempts.

For St. Anselm, Caitlin Villareal registered three goals and one assist while Katie McKenna and Michelle Kudlate tallied two scores each. Carrie Brophy and Marissa Daly both found the back of the net once. In goal, Allee Ramzi played the entire contest in cage and made 10 saves.

On the opening possession, Crimi beat Ramzi for her 41st goal of the season, but Villareal quickly responded less than a minute later. Two more Panther goals on efforts from Crimi and Jaycox gave the hosts a 3-1 advantage, but the tables were turned as St. Anselm rattled off four unanswered goals to turn a two score deficit into a 5-3 advantage.

Mathewson and Crimi brought the Brown and Gold even on back-to-back scoring efforts, but McKenna put the Hawks back on top with her fifth goal of the season at the 6:16 mark. Froccaro evened the slate once again and then Crimi and Sangiorgio followed up to put the Panthers back out ahead, 8-6. With time running out, Villareal beat Dempsey to make it an 8-7 affair at the half.

Keesling broke a second half scoring drought that lasted just over 10 minutes to start the second while a Jaycox score made it a three-goal game. St. Anselm would go on to find the back of the cage twice more, but it would be as close as they would get. Froccaro put the icing on the cake with an insurance goal with seven seconds left to finalize the score at 11-9.

The Panthers are back in action on Wednesday, April 17 when they travel up to Syracuse, N.Y. for an NE-10 showdown with #7 Le Moyne at 4:00 pm.

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) recorded a team-high four points, but Saint Anselm was narrowly defeated by fourth-ranked Adelphi, 11-9, Saturday afternoon at Motamed Field.

The Hawks dip to 8-4 on the season, including 5-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Panthers remain perfect at 12-0, 8-0 NE-10.

Villareal answered Devan Crimi's goal to tie the game at one just 1:18 in off a feed from sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.). Crimi scored again, however, and assisted on a Danielle Jaycox tally to put the hosts up 3-1 less than four minutes in.

Villareal returned the favor to set up a Daly goal at 18:56 and then Daly fed senior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) exactly a minute later to knot the game at three. The Hawks were not done, however, as freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) before freshman Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) beat Adelphi goalkeeper Jordann Dempsey on a free-position attempt to put Saint Anselm on top, 5-3, with 9:21 remaining in the opening half.

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