DII women's lacrosse: No. 1 Adelphi holds off No. 3 Le Moyne's second half surge in top 3 matchup
Garden City, N.Y. –– Despite being outscored in the second half, the top-ranked Adelphi women's lacrosse team held on for an 11-8 victory over third-ranked Le Moyne in Northeast-10 Conference action Wednesday evening at Motamed Field.
The game, which was one of the most anticipated contests of the regular season, was featured on the NCAA Division II Spring Showcase, streamed live on ESPN3.
Le Moyne (15-1, 11-1) was first to get on the board when Erin McMullen notched her 37th goal of the year at the 26:10 mark off a pass from Bryanna Fazio. Adelphi (15-1, 13-0) stayed the course and rattled off the next four goals to take a 4-1 advantage over midway through the opening half. By that time, Kole Pollock was already responsible for a hat trick, ultimately ending with a game-high four in the victory.
After being held scoreless over 20 minutes, the Dolphins cut their deficit to 4-2 with 5:45 left in the half as Emily Altland converted a free-position shot. Down the stretch, Adelphi added three more goals to lead 7-2 at half. It started with Pollock's fourth of the game, followed by scores from Christina Ferrara and Alison Johnson.
Michele Scannell, a Tewaaraton Award nominee, raced out of the draw control win and scored the first goal of the second half to extend the Adelphi just 11 seconds in. Le Moyne answered in an extra-players situation, en route to Scannell's second tally of the frame to make it a 9-3 contest with still 27 minutes to play.
Le Moyne picked up momentum with a Monica Sanna goal at 25:05, scoring the next four goals. Fazio and McMullen both scored for the Dolphins as Nicole Delany put in back-to-back goals to come within one of the top-ranked Panthers. A scoring drought for either side over the next 10 minutes meant a whopping 22:40 without any goals from Adelphi but a late offensive pushed secured the victory for the home team.
Scannell snapped the scoreless span with her 30th goal of the season with 4:09 left. Abreu ended the game's scoring with 1:28 to play.
Emma Lemanski finished with five saves between the pipes for the Panthers, earning her 13th win.
With the victory, Adelphi earns the No.1 seed ahead of the NE10 women's lacrosse tournament, slated to begin next week. Quarterfinal action will begin Wednesday, May 2 at the higher seeds with semifinal and final action all being hosted at the highest remaining seed over the weekend.
The team will wrap up the regular season this weekend when it hosts No. 10 Mercy College in a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. Prior to opening draw, the program will honor its seniors with a pre-game ceremony.