May 5, 2013

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: #4 WOMEN’S LACROSSE WINS NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 8-6 VICTORY OVER #5 ADELPHI

Syracuse, N.Y. – Championship Most Outstanding Player Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) made 11 saves as the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team won the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday afternoon by defeating fifth-ranked and second-seeded Adelphi University by a score of 8-6 at Ted Grant Field. With the victory, the Dolphins extend their win streak to a program-record 14 games.

The Panthers, who defeated the Dolphins in the last two title games, opened the game's scoring just 38 seconds into the contest as Devan Crimi tallied her 64th goal of the season from the left wing.

After being held scoreless over the opening nine minutes of the game, the Dolphins evened the score at one apiece with 20:51 remaining. Freshman attacker Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) scored her 22nd goal of the season from the front edge of the crease after taking a feed from behind the left side of the goal from twin sister Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker).

Following 10 minutes of scoreless play, Le Moyne scored twice in a span of 2:24 to take the lead. Sophomore attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) sent a pass from outside of the 12-meter fan on the right side of the field to senior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua), who cut in front of the cage and sent her 31s goal of the season into the lower left corner of the net with 10:43 remaining. Following a foul on All-Championship Team member Lauren Janelli, Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) converted a free-position shot for her team-best 38th goal of the campaign with 8:19 to play.

After being held scoreless for 23:41, the Panthers cut their deficit to 3-2 with 5:41 left in the half as All-Championship Team member Danielle Jaycox sent a free-position shot inside the near left post.

Le Moyne, which claimed its first NE-10 title after winning four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships (2002, '03, '06, '07), answered with three goals in a stretch of 2:18 to take a game-high four-goal lead. Just 62 seconds after Jaycox scored, senior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) finished off a pass from Conese with a quick-stick shot on the left edge of the crease. Conese then scored her 39th goal of the season with 3:42 left to give the Dolphins a 5-2 lead and knock Adelphi goalkeeper Jordann Dempsey, last year's Most Outstanding Player, out of the game. The Dolphins completed their run with 2:21 left as Bauer sent a pass from the left edge of the eight-meter arc to Claire Monnat on the left edge of the crease, where she fired in her 23rd marker of the season.

Rachel O'Brien, the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year, pulled the Panthers within 6-3 at the half by converting a free-position shot with 1:20 left for her 52nd goal of the season.

Adelphi, which won the NE-10 title in each of its first three years in the league, scored twice in the first 4:02 of the second half to trim its deficit to just one. After reserve goalkeeper Taylor Hayes made a save on a free-position shot with 27:28 left, Alexa Froccaro converted a free-position shot 36 seconds later. Crimi followed with her 65th tally of the season from the left wing 54 seconds later to force a Le Moyne timeout with 25:58 remaining.

Following a caused turnover and ground ball pickup by all-conference junior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) on the ensuing draw, Yaro drew a foul with 25:38 remaining. She then fired in the free-position shot for her sixth goal of the season to push Le Moyne's lead back to two.

After back-and-forth play over the next 15:40, during which time Adelphi took four shots (three on goal) and Le Moyne recorded three shots (one on goal), the Dolphins took an 8-5 lead as Condon finished off a feed from Conese with 9:57 remaining for her career-best 32nd goal of the campaign.

Adelphi, which was held to its fewest goals since a 9-4 loss to C.W. Post in the NCAA Semifinals on May 15, 2008, a span of 96 games, ended the game's scoring as Jaycox recorded her 37th goal of the season with 6:59 left to play.

Marbut recorded seven of her 11 saves in the first half to earn her 16th win of the season, the second-most in the program's history. Dempsey took the loss after allowing five goals and making two saves over 26:18, while Hayes made three saves (against three goals) over the final 33:42.

The Dolphins now await word on who they will play in the NCAA Championships. The eight-team field will be announced on NCAA.com at 8:00 p.m.