Adelphi uses depth to knock off rival LIU Post, advances to title game
SALEM, Va -- Top-ranked Adelphi used its depth and dominance on the draw from Felicia Mills, while defender Camille Rosellini took LIU Post's Jackie Sileo out of the game, to record a 17-10 victory on Saturday. With the victory the Brown and Gold earned a spot in the NCAA Division II National Championship game for the first time since 2011 and set a program record for single season wins with 21.
Devan Crimi led all players with six points on three goals and three assists, while Jacqueline Jahelka scored four goals, all in the first half. Danielle Jaycox and Alexa Froccaro both chipped in three goals, and Rachel O'Brien had one goal and two assists.
The defense was led by Ryley Weber, who caused three turnovers, while Jacqueline Williams grabbed a team high four ground balls. Taylor Hayes made four stops in net, including two huge point blank, free position saves in the second frame, collecting her 19th win of the season. The draw was dominated by Mills, who won 12 draws herself, while the Panthers picked up 20 draw controls.
The story of the first half was Mills, who won eight of the 13 total draws in the half, to help keep the Panthers in their offensive end. While LIU Post got on the board first with a goal just about six minutes in, the Brown and Gold responded with three straight off the sticks of Froccaro, Jahelka and Brown to take a 3-1 lead.
The Pioneers would momentarily stop the Panther charge with a goal from Katie Rotan that cut the Adelphi lead to just one, 3-2, with 17:37 left in the first. However, Brown and Gold freshman Jahelka would take over as she kicked off a half-ending 6-1 run and socred three straight for Adelphi. Her final tally came with 9:36 left off of a Crimi feed.
Adelphi showed no let up in the first frame, as Emily Keesling scored the Panthers' final goal of the first period with just 47 seconds left and sent the Brown and Gold into the locker room with a six goal cushion, 9-3.
The Panthers kept the momentum early in the second half, opening with back-to-back goals from Crimi and O'Brien to push their bulge to 11-3. However, LIU Post responded with two goals of their own to pull within six, 11-5. That would be the theme the rest of the way, as Adelphi pushed the lead back to nine at one point until the Pioneers closed to within six, but no closer.
With just under five minutes to play in the second half, Froccaro and Crimi scored just 22 seconds apart to push the Panthers' margin to an insurmountable nine goals, 17-8. The Pioneers would get two more tallies late but Adelphi held on and came out on top, 17-10.