May 22, 2010

By Jeff Seidel
Special to NCAA.com
Gettysburg, Pa. - Demmianne Cook scored four of her five goals in the second half to help Adelphi take command en route to a 14-9 defeat of C.W. Post in an NCAA Division II women's lacrosse semifinal Saturday night.

The victory earned Adelphi a berth in Sunday's 3 p.m. national championship game against West Chester, which rallied for a 9-8 overtime victory over Lock Haven earlier in the day. The game, which started late due to the earlier overtime, was played in mostly rainy conditions.

Adelphi (18-1) is the defending national champion.

This game also gave the Panthers a bit of revenge as C.W. Post (16-2) handed them their only loss of the season, a 21-16 defeat on May 1. But Adelphi changed things around in this game with a solid defensive effort that slowed the Pioneers throughout.

Adelphi held C.W. Post to just two goals in the first half and shut out Ashley Olen, who came into the game with 61 goals but wasn't able to be much of a factor on a wet night.

The Panthers took charge early, jumping out to a 5-1 lead late in the first half and shutting down a Pioneer offense that ran wild in their last meeting.

Brianne Jackolski (five goals) sparked a C.W. Post rally that cut the lead to 7-6 early in the second half, but the Panthers scored six of the next seven goals to take command.

Adelphi got plenty of offensive punch from different sources. Elizabeth Fey added five points (one goal, four assists) and Marissa Mills (three goals, one assist) both helped Cook.