April 3, 2010

Courtesy of Adelphi Athletics

WALTHAM, Mass. -
The #1 Adelphi University Panthers rolled to a 17-3 first half lead, en route to a 23-3 victory over Bentley College this afternoon. The Panthers improve to 8-0, 5-0 NE10, while the Falcons drop to 5-3 and 2-1 in the conference.

Adelphi led in every statistical category, holding a 34-10 shot advantage, as well as an 41-17 ground ball and 17-7 draw control tally.

Sophomore Erica Devito and junior Elizabeth Fey each contributed four goals and one assist in the win, while freshman Claire Petersen was the overall points leader with one goal and six assists.

It was sophomore Marissa Mills who got things started as she raced to the Bentley goal to score unassisted in the first 10 seconds of play. This sparked a 5-0 run, capped by the team of Devito and Petersen at 24:58. Bentley got on board at 22:06, followed by some back and forth goals. Megan Wiggins tallied what would be the final goal for the Falcons on a free position shot at 14:41, 8-3. Freshman Demmianne Cook picked up her second goal of the day as the Panthers rattled off nine unanswered goals, ending with senior Danielle Kafarski's second goal with one second left in the half, 17-3.

Adelphi's defense stepped up in the second half, holding Bentley to just three shots in the final 30 minutes. Devito had a team-high five ground balls in the game, while senior Jackie Bogensberger and Petersen each caused three turnovers. Fey picked up her fourth goal to start the half, as one of six different players who scored. Junior Michelle Ceraso contributed assists on goals by senior Corinne Pingitore and senior Allison Tumulty down the stretch. Sophomore Arielle Burke closed out the game with 7:15 left in regulation on a feed from sophomore Alison Staudt, 23-7.

Senior Caitlin Fitzpatrick made four saves in 38:12 of play, while freshman Cathryn Bonitz had 2 stops in the final 21:48.Julia Powell had five saves in the first half for Bentley, with Kate Poznick stepping in for the final 30 minutes.

The Panthers are back in action on Tuesday, April 6, as they play host to Southern Connecticut State at 6:30 p.m.