SALEM, Va – In the end, Adelphi did it with defense and goaltending, causing a total of 14 turnovers and getting six big time stops from Taylor Hayes to top Lock Haven 7-5, capturing the programs NCAA record sixth Division II Women's Lacrosse National Championship. With the win the Panthers close out the 2014 season with a school record 22 wins and no losses.Alexa Froccaro led the Panther offense with three goals and an assist, while Devin Crimi tied the Adelphi points record with a goal and an assist on the day. Rachel Aitkens also had a big day, scoring one goal and adding an assist in the win.
Ryley Weber and Camille Rosellini led the defense with three caused turnovers each, while both Rosellini and Felicia Mills had three draw controls. Four Panthers had three ground balls and Hayes made six stops, including four on free positions in her 20th victory of the season.
The first half was a back and forth defensive struggle with the Panthers being held to its lowest output all season, scoring just two goals. However, the Adelphi defense came to play as well, pitching a shut out in the first 30 minutes.
The Brown and Gold offense came from Jahelka, who took advantage of a one on one match-up, using an outside roll to get free and score over the Lock Haven keepers shoulder at the 18 minute mark. Almost 14 minutes later Froccaro sprinted past her defender and bounced the ball past Chrissy Baffuto to give Adelphi a 2-0 lead.
The Panther defense did the rest in the first frame, forcing seven Lock Haven turnovers, as five different members of the Adelphi defensive unit recorded caused turnovers. Hayes also played big, making four stops in the first 30 minutes of action, including two on free positions to keep the Bald Eagles scoreless.
Adelphi widened their cushion to three goals just 3:08 into the second half when Aitkens sprinted down the right sideline and behind the goal, before finding a streaking Keesling, who notched the Panthers third goal. However, Lock Haven fired back, scoring two goals of their own to get within one goal, 3-2 with 21:55 left in the contest.
Froccaro tallied her second goal of the game three minutes later to push Adelphi's margin back to two, but the Bald Eagles scored two more, this time just 36 seconds apart to tie the game at four all with 16:32 to play. Less than three minutes later Devan Crimi stepped up, scoring her first and only goal of the game on a free position to put the Brown and Gold back on top, 5-4. Then Froccaro completed her hat trick, scoring an unassisted goal with 8:50 on the clock to give Adelphi a little breathing room at 6-4.
But, Lock Haven still had a lot of fight left, scoring less than two minutes later to pull back within one goal, 6-5. However, the Panthers managed to do just enough, as Aitkens iced the game with 4:23 to play, scoring off of a Forccaro assist to give the Panthers their final margin of victory at 7-5.
This was the second meeting all-time between these teams with the previous contest coming in May of 2009 on the same field, in the National Championship game, the Panthers came out on top that day as well, 16-4.