#6 Stonehill Hosts #2 Adelphi for Saturday Showdown

Junior All-American Kelsey Reilly is having an outstanding all-round season for the Skyhawks this season. (PHOTO BY Shane Bufano)

Skyhawks ready to battle seventh ranked opponent of the season as reigning National Champions visit W.B. Mason Stadium

EASTON, Mass. (April 6, 2012) – The winners of each of the 13 Northeast-10 regular season championships the Conference  has sponsored will clash in a battle of two teams ranked in the top ten of this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll as 6th-ranked Stonehill College hosts 2nd-ranked and three-time defending NCAA Division II Champions Adelphi University in a key Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse matchup at W.B. Mason Stadium tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

Admission to tomorrow's matchup is free of charge and for those who can't make it to W.B. Mason Stadium can follow online with live stats via www.stonehillskyhawks.com and clicking on the live stats banner.

Stonehill (9-1, 7-0 NE-10), winners of its last seven following a 19-5 triumph at Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday, will battle its seventh ranked opponent of the year tomorrow in Adelphi, who has won each of the last three NCAA Championships. The Skyhawks have gone 5-1 against ranked opposition, including a 2-1 clip against top ten teams, with the lone loss a 14-13 overtime setback at 4th-ranked Rollins College who remains perfect at 12-0 and has since moved up to No. 3 in the country. Stonehill posted a pair of wins against top ten opponents last week, with a 17-8 victory at 8th-ranked Bentley University and a 13-12 triumph at 7th-ranked University of New Haven.

Junior Heather Sullivan leads the Skyhawks with 34 goals this season, 21 of which have come against ranked opposition. (PHOTO BY Shane Bufano)

Adelphi (8-1, 5-1 NE-10) has won three straight after suffering its lone defeat of the year with an 11-10 setback to top-ranked Le Moyne College in an NE-10 clash on March 21. The Panthers are coming off a 23-7 victory over American International College on Wednesday. Adelphi is 2-1 against ranked opposition this season, posting victories over 14th-ranked Molloy (15-10) on March 1 and 15th-ranked Saint Anselm College (22-12) on March 24. The Panthers are averaging a Division II best 19.78 goals per game this season, while yielding 8.56 goals per game (3rd NE-10/8th nationally).

These two teams have combined to win all 13 NE-10 regular season championships, and 11 of the 13 tournament titles since the Conference began sponsoring women's lacrosse in 1999. Stonehill won the first 11 regular season titles from 1999-2009, while also capturing the tournament crown nine-straight years from 2000-2008 and winning a pair of NCAA Division II Championships along the way in 2003 and 2005. Adelphi has won the last two NE-10 regular season championships since joining the Conference in 2010, also capturing back-to-back tournament titles and has won five National Championships all-time.

Stonehill ranks third in the NE-10 (10th nationally) in scoring with 16.60 goals per game, while ranking fourth (10th nationally) in scoring defense by yielding just 8.90 goals per contest. The Skyhawks, who led Division II in caused turnovers in 2011, are 14th this season (6th NE-10) with 9.7, while also ranking ninth with 15.1 draw controls (3rd) and tenth with a 7.70 scoring margin (4th). Stonehill is averaging 16.0 goals per game against ranked opponents this year, while allowing 11.17.

            Junior Kayla Green (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) leads Stonehill with 39 points (9th NE-10) on 27 goals (11th) and a team-high 12 assists (10th), while classmate Heather Sullivan (Andover, Mass./Andover) has netted a team-best 34 goals (5th) to go with four assists for 38 points (10th). Sullivan has also totaled 15 ground balls and 13 draw controls. Sullivan and Green have both totaled 23 points in the Skyhawks six games against ranked teams this year, with Sullivan totaling 21 of her 34 goals in those games, while Green has 16 goals and seven assists.

Junior All-American Rebecca Moore leads the NE-10 with a 7.61 goals against average. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Junior All-American Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) has contributed 22 goals (17th) and eight assists for 30 points (19th) to go with a team-high 61 draw controls (2nd), 28 ground balls (10th) and 16 caused turnovers (7th). Senior All-American Samantha Lynott (Holbrook, N.Y./East Sachem), who missed four games due to injury, has returned and has totaled 17 goals and eight assists for  25 points with 19 draw controls. Sophomore Mary Lee Mahony (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) has chipped in 14 goals and 11 assists (12th) for 25 points.

Junior Jessica Guisti (Walpole, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) leads the Stonehill defensive unit with 19 caused turnovers (5th) and 31 ground balls (6th), while also contributing eight draw controls in ten games this season. Junior All-American Rebecca Moore (Marlborough, Mass./St. Mark's School) is the backbone of the defense, having played 339:02 in the Skyhawks goal over seven games, posting a 6-0 record. She has registered a Conference-low 7.61 goals against average (4th nationally) and .494 save percentage (3rd NE-10), while averaging six saves per game. Moore is 3-0 in her four appearances against ranked opposition, posting a 10.79 GAA and .460 save percentage in 189:02.

Adelphi senior Erica Devito (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River) leads the Northeast-10 with 60 points (4th nationally) and 27 assists (7th) to go with a team-high 33 goals (6th NE-10 ) through just nine games this season. Sophomore Devan Crimi (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) has added 28 goals (10th NE-10) and ten assists for 38 points (11th), while junior Sara Sangiorgio (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) has contributed 27 goals (11th) and four assists for 31 points.

Senior Marissa Mills (Islip, N.Y./Islip) leads the Panthers with 23 draw controls to go with 17 ground balls, 25 goals and four assists for 29 points. Junior Meg Brown (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) has a team-high 25 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers (13th) with 19 draw controls, 16 goals and eight assists for 24 points. Sophomore Jordann Dempsey (Sparks, Md./Hereford) has seen the majority of time in goal for Adelphi and has posted an 8.36 goals against average (4th NE-10/9th nationally) and .386 save percentage in 444:57 over nine games, averaging 4.3 saves per game.

Tomorrow will mark the 14th meeting all-time between these two programs. Adelphi holds an 8-5 advantage in the series, having won each of the last six meetings. The Panthers topped Stonehill 20-14 in Garden City, N.Y., during the lone meeting of the year between the two last season. All-American Sarah Galligan (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) paced the Stonehill offense with a season-high six goals to help the Skyhawks close the gap on an early deficit, but Adelphi strung together a 5-1 scoring run in the final ten minutes to hold on for the win. Claire Petersen led Adelphi with 12 points on five goals and seven assists.

Tomorrow's contest opens a season-high three game home stand for Stonehill as the Skyhawks will welcome 11th-ranked Merrimack College to W.B. Mason Stadium on Thursday (7 p.m.), before hosting Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, April 18, at 4 p.m.