Adelphi Wins Third Straight Northeast-10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2012
Panthers able to hold off late Le Moyne
surge as both teams also advance to NCAAs
Syracuse, N.Y. – Second-seeded Adelphi University held off top-seeded Le Moyne College on Sunday afternoon to claim its third Northeast-10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship in as many years, defeating the Dolphins, 13-12, on the campus of Le Moyne.
Both teams were also selected to the NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse Championship field on Sunday night, as Adelphi will take on C.W. Post in a first-round contest on May 12, while Le Moyne received a bye into the semifinals.
Le Moyne (16-2, 12-0 NE-10) entered the Northeast-10 title game ranked No. 1 in the country while Adelphi (16-2, 11-1 NE-10) ranked No. 2 nationwide.
Down 13-8 with 10:30 remaining in the second half, Le Moyne scored four straight goals while holding Adelphi scoreless over that same stretch, as the Dolphins' Kathleen Conese's goal with 1:24 to play cut the Panthers' lead to 13-12.
But Adelphi's Michelle Ceraso earned the ensuing draw control, and after a timeout by the Panthers, they were able to run out the clock on Le Moyne to claim the Northeast-10 banner.
Adelphi's Marissa Mills had four goals and an assist for the Panthers, who also got two goals apiece from Erica Devito, Devan Crimi and Ceraso. Le Moyne's Brenna Bauer had four goals and Conese had three, while Anna Daucher and Brittany Brigandi, the Northeast-10 Player of the Year, both had two goals apiece.
Adelphi goalkeeper Jordann Dempsey made eight saves in the victory for the Panthers. Le Moyne's Kelly Fucillo made one save in 39:54 of action in goal before making way for Molly Marbut, who stopped two of three three shots she faced.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.