Easton, Mass. – Emma Lemanski recorded eight saves to lead seventh-ranked and second-seeded Adelphi University to an 11-4 victory over the ninth-ranked and third-seeded Le Moyne College women’s lacrosse team in the first round of the NCAA Championships on Friday afternoon at Stonehill College’s W.B. Mason Stadium.
Adelphi, which advanced to the East Region final against top-seeded Stonehill on Sunday, opened the game’s scoring at the 10:45 mark as Kerrin Heuser scored her 36th goal of the season.
The Dolphins answered back at the 9:11 mark as sophomore attacker Sarah Hutchings (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) netted her 38th goal of the year after collecting a pass on the side of the crease from junior attacker Gemma Addonizio (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius).The Panthers continued the see-saw as Kristina Kallansrude converted a free-position shot in a player-down situation for her 17th goal of the campaign with 6:34 to go.
Le Moyne countered on the game’s next possession as redshirt junior midfielder Katelyn Karleski (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill/Onondaga C.C.) scored off a free-position shot with 5:17 left for her 23rd goal of the year to cap the scoring in the quarter.
Adelphi regained the lead at the 11:13 mark of the second quarter as Kallansrude scored her second goal of the game.
The Dolphins tied the score for the final time with 7:16 left as senior attacker Jessica Meneilly (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) absorbed contact and fired in her 62nd goal of the year.
The Panthers took the lead for good by scoring the next three goals. Emily Beier recorded her 31st goal of the season just 41 seconds later off a feed from Izzy Grant. Christina McCabe followed with a free-position goal 70 seconds later and Jamie Mecca scored another 28 seconds later to force a Le Moyne timeout.
Following a yellow card on the Panthers, Meneilly completed the scoring in the half with 22 seconds with her 63rd goal of the year, which moved her into seventh place on the program’s single-season goals scored list and also gave her 150 points for her career.
Adelphi scored the only two goals of the third quarter to take an 8-4 lead. McCabe scored the first, her 45th of the season, at the 14:04 mark and Gianna Bifulco fired in a free-position shot from …….