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Beier Scores Four to Power Adelphi To Eighth National Crown
Leading the way for Adelphi (21-1) was All-Tournament team member Kate Beier, who finished the contest with four goals on six shots. Beth Ann Pierce and Jacqueline Jahelka also registered goals in the win.
Beier got things started for the Panthers after five minutes of the opening frame, with a feed from Kole Pollock.
Coming out of the locker room, Adelphi was able to even the score on Beier's third goal early in the second half. Pierce was a awarded a free position attempt just over a minute later which she converted after back-to-back fouls and an assessed yellow card to Florida Southern.
"I thought we would score more, but I also knew that we would give up very few [goals]", said head coach Pat McCabe in the postgame press conference. "I knew it was this defense that was going to carry us -they've carried us since I've been here and certainly played a big role this year."
The defense came into play after Pierce's goal gave Adelphi the lead as the Panthers' defense caused two turnovers before adding another goal at 13:29, this time as Alison Johnson connected with Jahelka for her 72nd of the season.
A late offensive effort from Florida Southern saw Casey O'Brien fire past Peterson but a draw control win for Alyssa Gillespie put the Panthers in control as regulation came to a close with Adelphi on the upper end of a 6-4 final decision.
The Panthers finish the 2017 campaign at 21-1. This is the eighth title for the program and the third in the last four years. This is the second title under the direction of Coach McCabe.
Information for this release provided by the athletic communications staff at Adelphi
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