GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – No. 5 Adelphi outscored No. 12 Bentley 6-2 in the second half as the Panthers pulled away for a 10-4 victory over the Falcons in Northeast-10 women's lacrosse Friday night.
In the NE-10 finale for both teams, Bentley trailed just 4-2 at halftime. But the Panthers s scored six straight goals after Bentley had gotten to within 4-3 with 23:27 left in the 2nd half.
The defeat means Bentley will either be the fourth or fifth seed in next week's Northeast-10 playoffs.
Adelphi scored the first three goals to take a 3-0 lead, but it took them more than 15 minutes to do it. One of Division II's leading scorers, junior attack Devan Crimi, scored her 61st goal of the season at the 14:32 mark to make it 3-0.
Bentley got on the board with 10:08 left in the half on a goal by junior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield), the first of her two of the night. Almost six minutes later, Megan Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) made it a 3-2 game with an unassisted goal
But a key moment occurred when Adelphi converted a Bentley turnover in its own end into a goal with just one second left to lead 4-2 at halftime. Alexa Froccaro scooped up a ground ball and scored just before time expired.
The Falcons though fought that off and scored the first goal of the second half from Brown, with Wiggins on the assist, to make it 4-3 at the 23:27 mark.
That would be Bentley's last goal until late in the game however, as the Panthers scored six straight goals to pull away. Three of the goals came on free-position shots, with two coming from sophomore Danielle Jaycox. Senior Sara Sangiorgio scored their last goal with 9:15 left to make the score 10-3.
Junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) had Bentley's last goal with seven seconds remaining.
Goalie Ally Dorman (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) made 11 saves for the Falcons, who fall to 11-5 overall and 9-3 in the NE-10. Adelphi improves to records of 16-1 and 11-1.
Bentley will close out the regular season on Sunday with a non-conference game against No. 1 LIU Post.