#1 Adelphi Tops #9 Stonehill in NE-10 Opener, 16-9

Junior Hannah Anderson led Stonehill with two goals and an assist against top-ranked Adelphi today.

#1 Adelphi Tops #9 Stonehill in NE-10 Opener, 16-9

Panthers win inaugural NE-10 contest behind Fey’s six points 


EASTON, Mass. (March 20, 2010) – Defending NCAA Division II National Champions Adelphi University, ranked first in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll, posted a 16-9 victory over 9th-ranked Stonehill College in the Northeast-10 Conference women’s lacrosse opener for both at W.B. Mason Stadium this afternoon. It marks the inaugural NE-10 contest for Adelphi who is in its first year as a Conference member.

Junior Elizabeth Fey (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) led Adelphi to its fourth win to start the season with four goals and two assists for six points. Sophomore Marissa Mills (Islip, N.Y./Islip) added three goals and an assist for four points, while junior Michelle Ceraso (Massapequa, N.Y./Kellenberg) netted three goals for the Panthers. Sophomore Erica Devito (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River) posted a goal and two assists for three points. Sophomore Claire Peterson (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) and freshman Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) both chipped in with a pair of goals.

Junior Hannah Anderson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) led Stonehill with two goals and an assist for three points. Sophomore Sarah Galligan (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) scored two goals for the Skyhawks, while senior Jackie Ladino (North Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) chipped in with a goal and assist for two points.

Senior Caitlin Fitzpatrick (Port Washington, N.Y./Paul D. Schreiber) preserved the win in goal for Adelphi with 14 saves (nine second half), while freshman Rebecca Moore (Marlborough, Mass./St. Mark’s School) posted 11 stops in goal for Stonehill. Adelphi finished with a 37-29 advantage in shots for the match, including a 27-23 edge in shots on goal. The Skyhawks were hampered by 22 turnovers, compared to 15 for the Panthers.

Sophomore Sarah Galligan scored a pair of goals for the Skyhawks.

Adelphi took control of the game with four goals in the opening five minutes of the second half after holding an 8-5 lead at the intermission. Fey had a goal and assist during that run, with her goal 4:40 into the second half giving the Panthers a 12-5 lead.

Stonehill closed the gap to 12-8 after a goal from senior Liza Gross (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) with 17:26 to play, but Adelphi held the Skyhawks there and scored three goals of its own to gain a 15-8 lead with just 4:34 remaining. Peterson scored her two goals during that stretch.

Adelphi never trailed, opening a 2-0 lead 2:06 into the game on goals from Fey and Cook. Stonehill cut the lead in half with an unassisted tally from sophomore Sam Lynott (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) with 24:22 left in the first half.

The teams traded goals before Adelphi gained some breathing room by netting five of six goals over a seven minute span to open an 8-3 lead after a marker by senior Allison Tumulty (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) with 3:11 left in the half. Mills had two goals in that stretch, while Fey added a goal and assist. Stonehill closed within 8-5 at halftime on goals from Ladino and freshman Heather Sullivan (Andover, Mass./Andover) in the last minute of the frame.

Stonehill (1-1, 0-1 NE-10) is back in action on Thursday, when it hosts Merrimack College for an NE-10 matchup at 3:30 p.m. Adelphi (4-0, 1-0 NE-10) visits Assumption College tomorrow at 1 p.m.