Top-Ranked Adelphi Rolls by Saint Anselm in NCAA Opener

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. Juniors Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.), as well as sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.), all recorded two points, but the 10th-ranked Saint Anselm lacrosse team had its season ended by top-ranked Adelphi with a 20-6 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Motamed Field.

The Hawks, who were seeded fourth in the North Region and were making their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, finish their season at 13-5 overall. Saint Anselm set a program record for wins and had also won its first Northeast-10 championship game last week as part of a record-setting season. The Panthers, seeded first in the North Region, remain perfect at 20-0 and advance to take on second-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post in the national semifinals May 17 in Salem, Va.

Daly and Villareal each scored a pair of goals, while Stazinski added a goal and an assist.

After Adelphi jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of goals from Alexa Froccaro, sandwiched around another from Danielle Jaycox, Saint Anselm grabbed its first tally when Stazinski passed up on a free-position shot and hit Villareal, who found the back of the net to make it a two-goal game with 24:06 left in the first.

Devan Crimi answered with a pair of goals just 32 seconds apart, however, to widen the gap to 5-1 with 22:53 to go. Junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) set up Daly's first of the afternoon with 19:41 to play, but Froccaro connected on a pass to Rachel O'Brien just 3:01 later to keep the cushion at four.

Stazinski began a little flurry for the Hawks with a free-position goal at the 11:07 mark. Jaycox answered after a feed from Crimi, with 5:20 left, but Villareal buried her free-position chance 1:19 later and sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) used a great individual effort to pull the Hawks within 7-5 with 35 seconds on the clock before the half. Froccaro added a back-breaker of a goal after receiving a feed from Crimi with three seconds remaining to send Adelphi into the half with an 8-5 advantage.

Adelphi came out of the break on fire as it scored six straight, including two apiece from Crimi and Jackie Jahelka, to open up a 14-5 lead with 17:39 remaining. The latter of Crimi's two tallies during the run gave her Adelphi's single-season record for goals scored (78).

Daly answered 23 seconds later on a feed from sophomore Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.), but Adelphi bookended the half with another six-in-a-row, including two each from Froccaro and O'Brien, to close the scoring.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) turned away eight of the 24 shots she faced over the first 46:50 of action, while junior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped two of the six shots she saw in the final 13:10. Taylor Hayes made one save for Adelphi.

Crimi ended the day with 10 points on five goals and five assists, while Froccaro added five goals and two helpers for seven points.

Adelphi held a 41-11 advantage in shots, including 23-5 in the second stanza, and also won 21 of the game's 28 draw controls. The Hawks were 2 for 2 on their free-position opportunities, while the Panthers went just 2 for 8.

This marks the final game for seniors Brianna Walsh (Woburn, Mass.), Katherine Amato (Bedford, N.H.) and Eliza Jalbert (Providence, R.I.).

2014-05-10



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