#2 C.W. Post Drops 9-8 Heartbreaker to #1 Adelphi

LISLE, Ill. (May 13, 2006) - Junior Shannon Fabian scored five points on two goals and three assists Saturday afternoon at the Sports Complex at Benedictine University, and set the NCAA Division II single-season assists record in the process. Unfortunately for her C.W. Post women's lacrosse team, the Pioneers dropped a heartbreaking 9-8 decision to Adelphi in the semifinals round of the NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Fabian (Rocky Point, N.Y.) broke Lauren Bevington's (Gannon, 2004) single-season assist mark with 15:49 left in the first half, when she dished off her first assist of the day on a goal by Mallory Poole. Fabian finishes the season with 113 points, which ranks second on the all-time C.W. Post list and fifth on the NCAA Division II single-season ledger.

In the first 10 minutes of the contest, Fabian and Adelphi's (15-1) Lauren Lopez (3 g) traded goals to tie the score at 1-1. C.W. Post (16-2) sophomore Elaine Williams scored her first of two goals on the day off a feed from Jenna Miller (1 g, 1 a) with 18:12 left in the half, before Poole scored off Fabian's record-breaking pass to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead.

Lopez scored on a free-position shot with 14:55 left, before freshman Jaclyn Napoli (2 g, 2 dc) and Miller scored with 10:03 and 4:44 remaining, respectively, to give the Pioneers a 5-2 advantage.

From there, Adelphi scored five consecutive goals, including four straight in the final 3:20 of the first half, and held an 7-5 advantage after a Dawn Anselmin tally 1:19 into the second frame. Fabian ripped home a free-position shot (pictured) with 14:23 left to pull C.W. Post to within 7-6, before Adelphi got goals from Lopez and Meghan Blume (3 g, 1 a) to take a 9-6 edge with 7:41 to go.

Williams converted a pass from Poole with 4:01 left, before Napoli cranked home a pass from Fabian with 58 seconds remaining to pull C.W. Post to within the final 9-8 margin. After AU turned over its subsequent draw control, the Pioneers cleared the ball into the offensive end in the final 20 seconds. But after the Panthers regained possession with 15 seconds left, C.W. Post's magical season came to a heartbreaking end.

Adelphi held a 30-23 shots edge, along with a 30-20 margin on ground balls. C.W. Post struggled to control the ball, turning the ball over a season-high 26 times and failing on 10 of its 26 clear attempts. Sophomore keeper Lauren Scipione stopped five AU shots in each half for the Pioneers.

Three C.W. Post seniors played their final game in a Pioneers uniform: Masina Longo (Bay Shore, N.Y.), Chrissy Esposito (East Islip, N.Y.) and Liz Brennan (Huntington Station, N.Y.
Score by Period       1  2  Tot
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Adelphi............. 6 3 - 9
C.W. Post........... 5 3 - 8

Adelphi SCORING:
GOALS: Blume, Meghan 3; Lopez, Lauren 3; Ray, Rachel 1;
Grodotzke, Tara 1; Anselmin, Dawn 1.
ASSISTS: Blume, Meghan 1.

C.W. Post SCORING:
GOALS: Fabian, Shannon 2; Napoli, Jaclyn 2; Williams, Elaine 2;
Poole, Mallory 1; Miller, Jenna 1.
ASSISTS: Fabian, Shannon 3; Miller, Jenna 1; Poole, Mallory 1.

SHOTS BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
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Adelphi............. 17 13 - 30
C.W. Post........... 12 11 - 23

GROUND BALLS BY PRD 1 2 Tot
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Adelphi............. 17 13 - 30
C.W. Post........... 12 8 - 20

DRAW CONTROLS BY PRD 1 2 Tot
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Adelphi............. 5 3 - 8
C.W. Post........... 6 4 - 10

CLEARS BY PERIOD 1 2 Total
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Adelphi............. 4-7 8-13 - 12-20
C.W. Post........... 8-15 8-11 - 16-26

FREE-POSITION SHOTS 1 2 Total
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Adelphi............. 2-4 1-4 - 3-8
C.W. Post........... 0-3 1-2 - 1-5

SAVES BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
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Adelphi............. 5 4 - 9
C.W. Post........... 5 5 - 10

FOULS BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
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Adelphi............. 9 9 - 18
C.W. Post........... 16 11 - 27

TURNOVERS BY PRD 1 2 Tot
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Adelphi............. 8 12 - 20
C.W. Post........... 14 12 - 26

2006-05-14



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