Adelphi wins battle of unbeaten
Notes: No. 10 Albany rolls towards an undefeated season
With the No. 2 scoring offense in Division II, Stonehill was in prime position to give No. 1 Adelphi its toughest challenge of the season. And, true to form, the Skyhawks scored more goals against the two-time reigning NCAA Champions than any other team this season.
However, while the Skyhawks’ offense certainly delivered the goods on Saturday, Stonehill’s defense – which ranks fifth in Division II, allowing 6.45 goals per game – couldn’t contain the Panthers’ top-ranked offense, as Adelphi won the battle of unbeaten teams, earning a 20-14 win to improve to 8-0 on the season.
Claire Petersen led the Panthers’ attack with five goals and seven assists, including three goals and four assists as Adelphi jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first half. The former Catholic University basketball player also contributed a goal and two assists in the last 13:35, as the Panthers scored seven of the last nine goals to put the game out of reach after Stonehill pulled within a goal at 13-12 with 13:52 remaining.
Petersen’s 12-point effort gave her 20 points for the week, as she scored two goals and assisted on six others on Wednesday in a 22-0 drubbing of American International College. As a result, Petersen was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Week for the third straight week. With 23 goals and 45 assists in eight games this season, Petersen leads Division II in both points per game and assists per game.
Also picking up conference honors for Petersen were a pair of freshmen. Goalkeeper Frankie Caridi was named the NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Week after making 14 saves and picking up four ground balls in the two games, while Devan Crimi was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week after two goals and an assist against AIC and three goals and an assist against Stonehill.
This week is a busy one for the Panthers, as they’ll play three games in the span of six days against NE-10 foes. The stretch begins on Tuesday night, as the Panthers welcome Assumption to Garden City, and continues on the road, as Adelphi will travel to northern New England to face St. Michael’s on Saturday and Franklin Pierce on Sunday.
Need to Know
• As the College of New Jersey continues to reign supreme in the IWLCA Division III poll, senior midfielder Alison Jaeger continues to carve out her place atop the Lions’ record book. In a meeting between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Division III, Jaeger scored two goals to become the Lions’ all-time leading scorer, helping TCNJ jump out to a 6-0 lead en route to an 11-6 win over defending Salisbury. The defending NCAA Division III Champion tested goalkeeper Mary Waller with 22 shots on goal, but Waller made 16 saves in the Lions’ win. In a 17-0 win over Rutgers-Camden earlier in the week, Jaeger scored three goals to become the Lions’ all-time goals leader. With five games remaining in the regular season, Jaeger has 236 goals and 83 assists.
• No. 10 Albany continues to roll towards an undefeated regular season. The Great Danes defeated America East rival New Hampshire on Saturday, 16-8, to run their record to 11-0. The eight goals tied for the second most Albany has allowed this season (Boston College was the only team to crack double digits against UA in an 11-10 loss on March 30), but Albany’s Rachel Burek scored four goals to pace the Great Dane attack, while Jodi Battaglia and Nikki Branchini also contributed hat tricks. Branchini and freshman attacker Kathleen Lennon were both honored by America East this week, with Branchini named Defensive Player of the Week and Lennon named Rookie of the Week. Albany has four games remaining in the regular season, with a non-conference tilt with Canisius surrounded by games against America East foes Boston University, Binghamton and Maryland-Baltimore County.
• Lock Haven turned in its best defensive performance of the season on Saturday, but apparently, poll voters were less than impressed. The undefeated Eagles overpowered PSAC rival Mercyhurst 17-1 on Saturday, holding the then-No. 9 Lakers off the scoreboard for the last 52 minutes of the game. Goalkeeper Heather Sacko had a shortened afternoon of work, stopping six of the seven shots she faced before yielding the net to backup Nicole Necci. Despite the win over Mercyhurst and a 12-8 win over then-No. 11 Gannon, the Eagles dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in the IWCLA Division II poll, as LeMoyne climbed up one spot on the strength of a 17-4 win over Southern New Hampshire. The Dolphins received 193 points in the poll, while the Eagles received 191. Lock Haven will have two big chances to make a statement in their final four games of the season, as they’ll face both No. 7 West Chester and No. 4 Limestone before the start of the PSAC tournament.
• Georgetown senior Jordy Kirr was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals and handing five assists in a pair of conference wins for the No. 20 Hoyas. In a 19-12 win over Louisville, Kirr scored two goals and handed out four assists, and in a 17-2 win over Cincinnati, Kirr added two more goals and another assist.
• Hamilton senior midfielder Sarah Bray and Skidmore junior attacker Lindsay Stavola were named Co-Offensive Performers of the Week by the Liberty League. Bray became the fourth player in Hamilton history to record 200 points in a week that saw her score seven goals and hand out seven assists in wins over Middlebury and Vassar, while Stavola scored nine goals in a 15-9 win over Clarkson, tying a program record.
• Dowling junior attacker Brooke Witkowski was named the ECC Player of the Week, leading the Golden Lions to wins over Mercy and C.W. Post. The win over Mercy saw Dowling tie her program single-game records of eight assists and 11 total points, while she scored four more goals and assisted on another in the win over Post.