Adelphi wins battle of unbeatens
Petersen's five goals, seven assists power Panthers to victory
Garden City, N.Y. - Top ranked Adelphi played host to fifth-ranked Stonehill in a Northeast-10 contest of unbeaten teams on Saturday, April 9. The Panthers scored seven of the last nine goals to turn a 13-12 game into a 20-14 victory. With the win Adelphi remains unbeaten at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference, while Stonehill falls to 10-1 and 7-1 in NE-10 play.
Claire Petersen paced the offense with 12 points on five goals and seven assists, while Elizabeth Fey and Devan Crimi chipped in four points apiece on identical lines of three goals and an assist. Kaitlyn Carter (3G), Meg Brown (3G) and Marissa Mills (2G, 1A) all posted three points for the Panthers.
Defensively Adelphi was led by Katelynn Ciaci, who had a game-high eight caused turnovers and two ground balls. Jacqueline Williams had four caused turnovers and both Kristin Jones and Mills had two each. Jones and Brown grabbed six loose balls, while Petersen corralled five. Frankie Caridi made 11 stops in goal for the Panthers, including eight in the first frame to remain unbeaten.
Adelphi opened the action with a 5-0 run over the first 10 minutes, which turned into a 10-2 lead with 6:06 left in the first half on a Carter goal off of an Erica Devito feed. However, Stonehill showed signs of life, closing the first half with four unanswered goals to pull within four, 10-6 at the break.
The Skyhawks opened the second frame where they left off in the first, scoring four of the first five goals to pull within one, 11-10 on a Heather Sullivan free position goal with 17:59 on the clock. Adelphi and Stonehill would exchange goals twice over the next four minutes, making the count 13-12 in favor of the Panthers.
However, Devan Crimi would score two of her three goals in succession to give Adelphi some breathing room, 15-12 with 11:38 on the scoreboard. Stonehill was not deterred and kept coming, scoring two of the next three tallies to make it a two goal contest with 7:17 left. Petersen and Crimi scored back-to-back goals in a span of one minute to push the margin to four, 18-14, giving Adelphi a comfortable edge.
The Panthers would burn the next five minutes on offense, moving the ball, before Mills and Brown notched the final two tallies of the day to give Adelphi a 20-14 victory.
The statistics were tight all around as Adelphi registered just two more shots then Stonehill, 35-33, grabbed nine more ground balls, 35-26 and made more saves, 11-4. However, the Skyhawks won six more draws, 21-15, had three more free position attempts, 12-9 and won the turnover battle, 21-18.