DENVER -- Florida Southern topped two-time defending champion Adelphi 8-7 on Saturday to win the first women's lacrosse championship in program history.
The Panthers, who were previously undefeated and were looking for their sixth title in the past eight years, went into halftime with a 6-3 lead. But the Mocs went on a 5-0 run and held them to one goal in the second half to capture the national title. Goalie Taylor Gillis, who had eight saves in the game, was named the tournament's most outstanding player. Meghan O'Brien had four goals to lead the Mocs.
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About the teams:
Adelphi (20-0, Northeast-10 Conference champion)
A DII lacrosse powerhouse, Adelphi has won the past two national championships, five of the past seven and a total of seven titles. The Panthers beat Le Moyne, their national semifinal opponent, 13-6 in the conference championship game. Jacqueline Jahelka leads the team with 77 goals, while Rachel O'Brien has contributed 40 goals and 58 assists. Goalie Taylor Hayes has started all 20 games with an incredible 4.18 goals-against average.
Florida Southern (17-3, Sunshine State Conference champion)
Florida Southern is in its first national semifinal in program history. The Mocs, who come in having won 12 consecutive games, beat Rollins 8-5 in the quarterfinals to get to Denver. They are strong on defense, as their 13.6 turnovers per game is second in Division II, and their 7.1 goals allowed per game is eighth in the nation. Junior Kendall Kerge leads the attack with an SSC-best 52.
Lindenwood (17-2, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion)
In their third consecutive semifinal, the Lady Lions got here by beating Queens (N.C.) 13-4 in the quarterfinals. Since losing back-to-back games in March, Lindenwood has won its past six games by an average of 9.57 goals and has scored in double digits in all but four games this season. The Lady Lions are trying to make their first national championship game.
Le Moyne (18-2, Northeast-10 Conference runner-up)
The Dolphins face a familiar foe in the semifinals in the Adelphi squad that knocked them out of their conference tournament. Le Moyne, in its second consecutive semifinal and fourth in six years, won every game it played this season not against the Panthers. Erica Geremia leads the team in both goals (59) and assists (50).