Stonehill 16, Adelphi 10

May 14, 2005

WEST CHESTER, Pa.-- Senior All-America Colby Confer (Madison, Conn.) netted five goals and a pair of assists for seven points, while junior All-America Erin Acone (Bow, N.H.) added five goals and an assist for six points as top-ranked Stonehill advanced to the NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse national championship match for the third time in four > seasons with a 16-10 victory over third-ranked Adelphi in the North Regional national semi-final played at West Chester University's South Campus Field Saturday afternoon.

The Chieftains, who improve to 20-0 on the season and extended their school-record winning ak> streak to 26 straight matches dating back to April 2004, will square off with second-ranked West Chester, which advanced to Sunday's title game for the third time in four seasons as well with a 20-7 victory over sixth-ranked Lock Haven in the South Regional national semi-final. Sunday's national championship match will be televised live by College Sports Television (DirecTV Channel 610) at 12:06 p.m. EDT.

Stonehill jumped out to a 4-1 lead midway through the first half on a pair of goals each by Confer and Acone, but the Panthers, who finish at 14-2 on the year with both setbacks coming at the hands of Stonehill, closed to within 5-4 on goals by sophomores Diana Lopez (Farmingville, N.Y.) and Meghan Blume (Bel Air, Md.) with just over 12 minutes remaining in the half. The two teams traded goals before markers off the sticks of sophomore Tracey Hoffman (Nashua, N.H.) with 7:02 to play and junior Jenny McGrath (Milton, Mass.) with 13 seconds remaining gave the Chieftains an 8-5 cushion at the break.

Stonehill took a 10-5 lead 4:24 into the second half on tallies by Confer and freshman Kristin Darrell (West Islip, N.Y.), and after Adelphi closed back to within 11-7 on junior Dawn Anselmin's (Lynbrook, N.Y.) with just over 22 minutes remaining in the match, the Chieftains extended their edge to 13-7 with 18:36 to play on goals by Acone and freshman Christa LaRocco (West Islip, N.Y.). The Panthers creeped to within four at 13-9 on tallies by Lopez and senior Katherine Hock (Mineola, N.Y.), but Stonehill iced matters with three goals in a 4:02 span, including two by Confer and one by Acone, to take its largest lead of the day at 16-9 with 2:23 remaining, as Anselmin's goal with 1:57 closed out the scoring.

Hoffman finished with a goal and three assists for four points in the triumph for Stonehill, which also received a goal and an assist each from Darrell, LaRocco and senior Courtney Duggan (Billerica, Mass.) as well as a goal off the stick of senior Colette Carpenter (Massapequa, N.Y.). Hock finished with four goals in the setback for Adelphi and set the NCAA Division II career record for goals with 224, breaking the previous mark of 220 set by former Stonehill standout Katie Lambert from 2000-2003, while Lopez added an assist to finish with three points for the Panthers. Freshman Janet Sica (Floral Park, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist as well for Adelphi, last year's NCAA Division II national champion.

Junior Lauren Stone (Guilderland, N.Y.) extended her school single-season record for victories with her 18th triumph of the season in goal for Stonehill with an 11-save effort, while freshman Grace Monjardo (Rocky Point, N.Y.) made seven stops in net for Adelphi as the Chieftains outshot the Panthers by a 27-24 margin in positng their fourth win in five series meetings between the two schools.

Stonehill and West Chester will meet for the NCAA national championship for the second time, as the Golden Rams posted an 11-6 victory over the Chieftains in the 2002 title match at South Campus Field. Sunday's match-up with be the second of the 2005 campaign between the two teams, as Stonehill rallied from 7-3 first half deficit to post an 11-10 victory over West Chester back on April 12th at Chieftain Stadium.

CHIEFTAIN CHATTER: Stonehill is now 4-2 all-time in NCAA championship action, as the Chieftains defeated LIU-C.W. Post in both the 2002 and 2003 national semi-final contests in addition to a 9-8 win over Longwood in the 2003 NCAA national championship match...Sunday's match will be the fourth meeting between Stonehill and West Chester, as the Chieftains have won two of the three previous meetings, including a 9-6 triumph in 2003 at South Campus Field...Confer enters the national championship match just one point shy of her 250th career point...Stonehill is seeking to become the fourth North Regional squad to win the national championship, joining LIU-C.W. Post (2001) and Adelphi (2004) in addition to the Chieftains' own national crown in 2003.

-- Courtesy Stonehill