GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The No. 22 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse program ripped off a piece of history on Wednesday after rallying from three goals down early in the first half and never looking back; the Warriors went toe-to-toe with one of the nation’s top teams and stunned them on their home turf after downing second-ranked Adelphi, 16-14, in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Motamed Field.
The victory – Merrimack’s first over Adelphi in 19 tries dating back to 2001 – seconds the Warriors back to the semifinal round of the league tournament for the second year in a row and 11th time overall. Merrimack will take on either third-seeded Pace or sixth-seeded New Haven on Saturday at Le Moyne’s Ted Grant Field, as the top-seeded Dolphins earned the right to host championship weekend after their victory earlier in the day over Stonehill.
Merrimack needed every one of the 16 goals scored on Wednesday, rallying from an early 4-1 deficit to eventually tie the game at 5-5 late in the opening half before taking a 7-6 lead off the stick of senior Amber Feminella. The two teams would go goal-for-goal until a stretch late in the second half that saw Adelphi take one last lead (14-13) with under 10 minutes left, but the Warriors scored the last three goals of the contest – including the game-winner from junior Ally DaCosta – who boasted a 10-point afternoon on a goal and nine assists – to clinch the upset victory.
Score: Merrimack 16, Adelphi 14
Records: #22 Merrimack (9-8, 8-5 NE10) | #2 Adelphi (15-3, 12-1 NE10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.
How It Happened
- Feminella opened the scoring just 46 seconds into the game before Adelphi scored four in a row to take what would be their largest lead of the afternoon (4-1) with 17:19 left in the half.
- But Feminella and sophomore Haley Bartlett scored back-to-back to get the Warriors within a goal, and then it was sophomore Meghan Dzialo and Bartlett ripping off consecutive tallies to even the scales at 5-all with 6:39 remaining in the opening frame.
- The Panthers went back ahead about a minute later, but Feminella willed the Warriors to a halftime lead after netting two more of her team-leading six goals within a two-minute span to send the visitors into the break with a one-goal edge (7-6).
- Adelphi got back to level 28 seconds into the second half, starting a run of 10 minutes of back-and-forth play that the Panthers answer each of Merrimack’s four go-ahead goals.
- Tied at 10, Feminella and junior Cailin Bahret gave the Warriors their largest lead of the game up until that point (12-10) with just under 20 left. Adelphi responded, but Bartlett answered less than 20 seconds later to make it 13-11 in favor of the Warriors with 17:34 on the clock.
- Adelphi wouldn’t go quietly, rallying from two down with a three-goal run over a five-minute span, taking their first lead since late in the first half after Chelsea Abreu went back-to-back put the home side on top with nine minutes left.
- But that was the last lead the Panthers would have, as senior Bridget Schofield found the twine for the second time on the day to tie it before DaCosta buried a feed from Dzialo at the 4:07 mark for the eventual game-winner. Bartlett would add one more with 3:16 to play, and senior Lauren Trepaney came up with a save while the defense forced one last turnover to wrap up the win.
Notes & Numbers
- DaCosta would finish with a team-leading 10 points on a goal and nine assists, marking the second time in three games that she has posted a double-digit scoring total, as well as a program-record nine assists.
- Feminella, meanwhile, added six markers as the top goal-scorer for the Warriors; she is now within 10 goals of the all-time program record and within six points of the all-time career scoring mark. She led the way with six draw controls, as well.
- Bartlett added five goals herself, while Schofield finished with two goals.
- Senior Lauren Trepaney moved into a tie for first in career wins by goalkeepers after notching her 20th victory between the pipes; she made 15 saves on 29 attempts for a 51.7-percent save percentage.
- Merrimack ended Adelphi’s 19-game winning streak, earning its first victory over the Panthers since their first-ever meeting back in 2001. Merrimack is the first NE10 team not named Le Moyne to defeat Adelphi since New Haven in 2015.
- Shots: 27-37 (18-29 SOG)
- FPG: 3-6 // 2-4
- Draw Controls: 13-19 Ground Balls: 18-21
- Turnovers: 20-17 (10-14 CT) // Clears: 19-24 // 13-19
Merrimack advances to the semifinal round of the 2019 NE10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship, where it will meet either third-seeded Pace or sixth-seeded New Haven on Saturday at Ted Grant Field on the campus of Le Moyne College. Game time is set for approximately 2 p.m.