March 23, 2011

Adelphi Withstands Stiff Test from Le Moyne

from press release

Elizabeth Fey scored four goals, including the go-ahead goal, as No. 1 Adelphi survived an upset bid by host and No. 4 Le Moyne, 11-9.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Elizabeth Fey scored four goals, including the go-ahead goal with 8:38 remaining, to lead the No. 1-ranked Adelphi women's lacrosse team to an 11-9 win over No. 4-ranked Le Moyne on Wednesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

The Dolphins scored the game's first three goals over the opening seven and one-half minutes of the contest. Senior midfielder Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) got the Dolphins on the board at the 26:23 mark off a feed from classmate Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna). Le Moyne doubled its lead 1:29 later as junior midfielder Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) scored off a free-position shot. Sophomore Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) capped the streak by finishing off a pass from senior midfielder Nerissa Barzee (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) with 22:30 left in the half.

The Panthers, the two-time defending national champion, answered back with five straight goals. Fey tallied her first goal of the day at the 20:51 mark off a pass from Claire Petersen from behind the goal. Marissa Mills won the ensuing draw and raced towards the goal, where she found Demmianne Cook for a goal on the crease. A minute and a half later, Fey tied the score at three by converting another pass from behind the goal from Petersen. Petersen, the 2010 IWLCA Attacker of the Year and a member of the 2011 Tewaarton Award "Watch List", put the Panthers in front with 16:57 left after taking a pass from Fey off a Le Moyne turnover. After eight and one-half scoreless minutes, Adelphi capped its scoring outburst as Cook scored off a feed from Kaitlyn Carter following a save on the opposite end of the field by freshman goalkeeper Frankie Caridi.

The teams then traded goals around the two-minute mark of the half. Senior Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) snapped Le Moyne's 20 minute and 26 second scoreless drought by scoring off a pass from Elmer with 2:04 left. After Fey won the following draw, Mills netted her seventh goal of the season with 1:52 to go.

Le Moyne closed within a goal (6-5) 2:42 into the second half on Valletta's 12th goal of the season. The Panthers answered back just over three minutes later on a free-position goal by Erica Devito.

The Dolphins got back to within a goal on a free-position shot by Valletta with 19:45 remaining. After nine minutes and 42 seconds of back-and-forth action, the Dolphins tied the score at seven as Barzee finished off a pass from sophomore midfielder Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) five yards in front of the cage.

The Panthers, who scored their fewest goals since a 7-4 loss to C.W. Post in the NCAA Quarterfinals on May 15, 2008 (a span of 41 games), regained control of the game with three goals in a span of three minutes and 50 seconds. Fey put her team in front 1:25 after Barzee's goal by swatting in a pass from behind the net from Petersen. The duo connected the same exact way at the 7:25 mark for a 9-7 Adelphi lead. After a Le Moyne turnover in its offensive end of the field, the Panthers netted the eventual game-winning goal as Carter scored off a pass from Devito with 4:48 to go.

The Dolphins rallied with a pair of goals in a stretch of 2:21, but did not get a chance to net the equalizer. Brigandi started the comeback-attempt by scoring at the 3:21 mark off a free-position shot after being fouled three times in nine seconds. After a failed clear attempt by the Panthers, Brigandi was fouled with 1:02 to go. She converted the ensuing free-position attempt to make the score 10-9. The Panthers won the subsequent draw and were able to run 43.5 seconds off the clock before Carter scored the game's final goal with 16.5 seconds remaining.

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made eight saves in between the pipes for the Dolphins, while Caridi turned away 11 shots for the Panthers.

Le Moyne (4-0, NE-10 1-1), which out-shot the Panthers, 28-25 in the contest, including 16-11 in the second half, returns to action on Saturday against Saint Michael's at 12:00 p.m.

#1 Adelphi 11, #4 Le Moyne 9
#1 Adelphi (3-0, NE-10 1-0) 6 5 - 11
#4 Le Moyne (4-1, NE-10 1-1) 4 5 - 9

#1 Adelphi (3-0, NE-10 1-0): SCORING: Elizabeth Fey 4-1, Kaitlyn Carter 2-1, Demmianne Cook 2-0, Claire Petersen 1-4, Erica Devito 1-1, Marissa Mills 1-1. GOALKEEPING: Frankie Caridi (W, 60:00, 9 GA, 11 saves).

#4 Le Moyne (4-1, NE-10 1-1): SCORING: Brittany Brigandi 3-0, Mia Valletta 2-1, Nerissa Barzee 1-1, Rebekah Elmer 1-1, Michelle Phillips 1-0, Brenna Bauer 1-0, Gabrielle Kamide 0-1. GOALKEEPING: Kelly Fucillo (L, 60:00, 11 GA, 8 saves).

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