Adelphi scores six unanswered goals to sprint past Le Moyne in opening round
SYRACUSE, N.Y. –- Despite falling behind 8-3 at the half, Adelphi stormed back and used six unanswered goals in the second to steal a 9-8 win from Le Moyne.
In victory, the Panthers (17-3) will advance to the national semifinals in Owning Mills, Md. to face cross-town rivals, LIU-Post in the semifinals next week.
Devan Crimi accounted for three of Adelphi's nine goals while teammate Sara Sangiorgio added two of her own. Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year, Rachel O'Brien had three points on two goals and one assist while Alexa Froccaro tacked on one goal with Danielle Jaycox dishing out one assist. Melyssa Mathewson was credited with one assist and notched the game winner.
Froccaro scooped up three ground balls and teammates Felicia Mills and Jacqueline Williams combining for 11 of Adelphi's 15 draw controls. Jordann Dempsey logged 25:57 minutes in cage and allowed six goals and then Taylor Hayes closed out the remaining 34:04, made five stops and saw just two get by her.
For Le Moyne, six different players made up the scoring contingent with Kathleen Conese registering an even split of four points while Kelly Condon added two goals. Brenna Bauer, Victoria Nies, Claire Monnat and Jennifer Fabian rounded out the offense with one goal each. Molly Marbut played all 60 minutes in cage, allowed nine goals and made 11 saves.
The Dolphins wasted no time getting on the board first as Condon, on a feed from Conese, found the back of the net to go up 1-0 within the opening 45 seconds. At the 22-minute mark, Crimi beat goalie Marbut for her 66th goal of the season to even the slate at 1-1. However, Le Moyne responded with four unanswered goals within seven minutes of each other to take a 5-1 advantage.
A minute after Bauer notched the host's fifth goal, O'Brien put in Adelphi's second of the game on an unassisted play. An eight-and-a-half minute scoring drought ensued until Nies, on a pass from Bauer, made it a 6-2 contest with Le Moyne holding the upper hand.
With 2:48 showing on the clock, Mathewson found Sangiorgio cutting in front of the cage as she received the pass and fired a low shot into the back of the net. However, Le Moyne ended the half on a two-goal run, sending the Panthers into the locker room at halftime down 8-3.
The second frame was all Adelphi. Froccaro kicked things off with her first goal of the game on an unassisted play at the 14:09 mark to cut the deficit to four goals. Less than a minute later, Sangiorgio, on an O'Brien pass, put in her second goal of the game. The Panthers used the momentum and continued to chip away at the score. Crimi scored on back-to-back possessions; the first coming from a Jaycox assist with the second courtesy of a free-position shot.
O'Brien evened the game at 8-8 just seven ticks passed the five minute mark. With the Brown and Gold holding possession of the ball and running out the final three minutes for one last shot, Mathewson recorded the game winner as she came out from behind the caged, rolled right and fired a shot that found the back of the cage.
Le Moyne had one final run downfield, but Hayes and the Panther defense held steady as they stopped the Dolphins' charge in the final seconds and held on for the win.