#5 ADELPHI STUNS #4 WOMEN’S LACROSSE WITH 9-8 COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Le Moyne Women's Lacrosse vs. Adelphi - NCAA 1st Round
Syracuse, N.Y. – Adelphi University scored six unanswered goals in the second half to rally for a 9-8 win over the fourth-ranked and second-seeded Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon in the First Round of the NCAA Division II Championships at Ted Grant Field.
The Dolphins, who had their program-record 14-game win streak snapped, opened the game's scoring just 45 seconds into the contest as senior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) scored from the front of the crease off a pass from behind the goal from junior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool).
After seven and one-quarter minutes of scoreless action, Adelphi's Devan Crimi evened the score at one apiece with her 66th goal of the season from the right edge of the crease after curling around the back of the cage.
Le Moyne (16-3), which defeated the Panthers in the regular season and in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship game, responded with four goals in a span of 7:18 to regain the lead. Off a pass from freshman attacker Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), senior midfielder Jennifer Fabian (Clay, N.Y./C.W. Baker) netted her 21st goal of the season with 20:56 remaining. Just over three minutes later, Conese tallied her 40th goal of the campaign with a jump-shot from seven yards out for a 3-1 lead. Condon and Conese connected again off a restart to force an Adelphi timeout with 15:56 remaining. After sophomore goalkeeper Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) saved an Adelphi free-position shot, senior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) scored her 34th goal of the year off a dodge from the left side to the front of the crease.
The Panthers ended the run with 12:37 remaining in the half as Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year Rachel O'Brien posted her 53rd marker of the season from the left alley.
Following eight and one-half minutes of scoreless play, the teams combined for four goals in the final 4:03. Junior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) started the span by sending her 26th goal of the season into an empty net with 4:03 left after taking a pass from Bauer, who picked up an errant clearing pass in the back of the crease.
Sara Sangiorgio pulled the Panthers within 6-3 with 2:48 to go off a pass from Melyssa Mathewson.
After an Adelphi foul, Conese converted a free-position shot in an extra-man situation with 1:33 remaining in the half. Following a caused turnover and ground ball pickup by senior defender Molly Maroney (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt), junior defender Megan Collins (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) cleared the ball before sending a pass to freshman attacker Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), who fired in her 24th goal of the season with 1:01 left for an 8-3 lead.
Following back-and-forth play over the opening 15:51 of the second half, during which time each team took four shots, Alexa Froccaro started Adelphi's comeback with an unassisted goal from the left wing. Just 48 seconds later, Sangiorgio finished off a feed from O'Brien for her 47th goal of the season to make the score 8-5 and force a Le Moyne timeout.
Following a save by Adelphi reserve goalkeeper Taylor Hayes on a Le Moyne free-position shot after Marbut made two saves, Crimi cut her team's deficit to two with 67th goal of the campaign with 9:25 left after taking a pass from Danielle Jaycox. Crimi then converted a free-position shot 71 seconds later to pull the Panthers within 8-7.
After the Panthers possessed the ball for over three minutes, during which time Marbut turned away a shot by Froccaro, O'Brien evened the score at eight apiece with 4:53 remaining with a low shot from six yards out.
Adelphi (18-2), which possessed the ball for 20:49 of the 30 minutes in the second half, won the ensuing draw and held the ball for 3:51 before O'Brien took a shot, which was wide on the left side of the goal. Off the restart, Mathewson worked her way around the left side of the goal, spun to her right and then spun back towards the center of the field, where she sent a low shot inside the near left post with just 51.1 seconds remaining.
Adelphi, which shut the Dolphins out in a half for the first time since May 8, 2003 (a 19-1 loss at Princeton in the NCAA First Round), won the ensuing draw and called timeout with 41.1 seconds left. Out of the timeout, the Panthers worked 20 seconds off the clock before throwing the ball out-of-bounds. The Dolphins carried the ball into the offensive zone, where Condon drew a foul with seven seconds remaining. On the free-position shot, Adelphi defender Laura Hedges got her stick on Condon's stick, causing the shot to go high over the goal. The Dolphins had one last chance with four seconds left, but could not put a shot on goal.
Marbut made 11 saves in the setback and finishes the year as the national leader in save percentage at 56.1%, the best mark by a Dolphin since 2001, and fifth in goals against average at 6.99, the second-best mark in the program's history. Hayes earned her first collegiate victory after making five saves (against two goals) over the final 34:03 of the game. Jordann Dempsey did not make a save (against six goals) in 25:57 between the pipes.