May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Adelphi Athletics

Garden City, N.Y. - Sophomore Marissa Mills tallied three of her game-high four goals in the first half to lead the #2 Adelphi University women's lacrosse team to a 15-10 victory over #3 Stonehill College to advance to the NCAA Division II Final Four. The Panthers improve to 17-1 and will take on #1 C.W. Post next Saturday, May 22 in the semi-final round. The Skyhawks finish their season with a 13-4 record.

Freshman Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) scored the first of her three goals at 28:10 for the Panthers. Mills followed with back to back shots to make it 3-0 at 18:24. Junior Elizabeth Fey's (Kings Park, N.Y.) unassisted goal at 14:32 gave Adelphi a 4-0 lead. St Sam Lynott snapped the rally with a free position goal at 14:17. Sarah Galligan (West Newbury, Mass.) scored on an assist from Jessie Ragnio (Andover, Mass.) at 13:03 closed the gap, 4-2. The Panthers responded on a 4-0 run, including consecutive goals Fey and capped by a goal by Cook on a feed from sophomore Erica Devito (Shoreham, N.Y.) to lead 8-2 with 1:29 remaining. The Skyhawks rallied back, making collecting two quick goals in the final minute as the Panthers held an 8-4 advantage at intermission.

Cook opened up the second stanza with her third goal, assisted by Fey at 27:54. Stonehill took advantage of a short Adelphi lull, to rattle off three straight goals and come within two, 9-7, at 14:31. Junior Kaitlyn Carter (Mineola, N.Y.) kept the Panthers ahead with consecutive goals, assisted by Cook and Fey to stay ahead, 11-7. Galligan responded with two of her own to keep it close. Carter's third goal of the afternoon came at 8:16 as Adelphi went on a 3-0 run, 14-9, with 6:54 left to go. The Skyhawks Kelsey Reilly snuck in one final goal at 3:33, but it was senior Holly Burke's (Churchville, MD) second goal of the afternoon that sealed the victory for Adelphi with just four seconds left on the clock.

"Stonehill played a great game and they played with a lot of class, Head Coach Joe Spallina said. "This was a big win for us and we worked together to get back to the Final Four. It is a great honor to represent our institution and we will be well prepared to continue our quest for a national championship."

Galligan finished the game with five goals for Stonehill. Sam Lynott (Holbrook, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist.

In an evenly matched game, Adelphi held a slight 28-26 shot advantage and led 34-30 in ground balls. The Skyhawks held a 14-10 draw control margin.

Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Fitzpatrick (Port Washington, N.Y.) had a solid game, making 12 stops, including eight in the second half. Freshman Rebecca Moore (Marlbourgh, Mass.) had eight saves for Stonehill.

This is the third meeting of the Panthers and the Skyhawks this season. Adelphi now leads the all-time seasons, 6-5.

"Today we came together as a team," said senior captain Jackie Bogensberger. "We had to win to move on and that was our only goal. We showed a lot of heart today and now it's on to the next game. We will prepare and get ready for C.W. Post."

Next up, Adelphi will face off against the Pioneers (17-1)in the second of two semi-final games next Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in Gettysburg, Pa. The winner of that contest will take on the winner of the Lockhaven/West Chester contest for the NCAA title on Sunday, May 23, at 3:00 p.m.