March 30, 2011

Petersen's School-Record 14 Points Fuel Adelphi Rout of Merrimack

from press release

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- The Adelphi University women's lacrosse team played host to Northeast-10 Conference foe and national vote getter Merrimack College on Wednesday, March 30. The Panthers blitzed the Warriors, scoring 15 goals in the first half, on the way to a 25-5 victory. With the win Adelphi remains unblemished at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the NE-10, while Merrimack falls to 6-3 and 3-2 in the conference.

Claire Petersen led the way, breaking the programs single game point and assist records for the second straight outing with 14 points and 10 assists, she also added four goals. Elizabeth Fey set a new career-high with eight goals in the win, while Demmianne Cook chipped six points (3G, 3A) and Marissa Mills had four points on three tallies and one helper.

Defensively Adelphi was paced by Katelynn Ciaci and Tara Gangarossa, with three caused turnovers each. Jacqueline Williams and Mills each caused two turnovers, while Fey won a game-high 10 draw controls. Fey also cleaned up in the ground ball department with a career-high 12, while Mills posted six, Cook had five and Ciaci, Gangarossa and Meg Brown had four each. Frankie Caridi made nine stops in goal for the Panthers, picking up her sixth win of the season.

Adelphi and Merrimack started off slowly, feeling each other out, but Petersen broke the ice at the 27:04 mark, scoring her first of the game off of a Cook assist. The Panthers would out score Merrimack, 5-1 over the next seven minutes, taking a 6-1 lead no a Mills unassisted tally with 20:26 left in the first half.

The Panthers would keep the pressure on, scoring four goals to Merrimack's one in the next 10 minutes and then closing out the half with five more tallies in the final 10 minutes of the frame. Entering the intermission with a 15-2 bulge.

The second half was a repeat of the first as Adelphi put together runs of 2-0, 4-0 and 3-0 in between Warrior goals. The final goal came as time expired, as Brown raced down the field and beat Merrimack goalkeeper, Inna Hedden, who made 13 stops in the loss.

Adelphi out shot Merrimack, 47-22, collected more ground balls, 47-32 and won more draw controls, 19-12 then the Warriors in the win.

The Panthers return to action on Saturday, April 2 when they travel to Rindge, New Hampshire to take on Franklin Pierce.

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