#1/2 Adelphi Turns Back Women's Lacrosse, 19-5

Pino scored a pair of goals for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Johnson's 11 points, including eight assists, fuels Panthers win

EASTON, Mass. (April 14, 2018) – Adelphi University, ranked No. 1 in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll and No. 2 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine poll, picked up its 13th straight win with a 19-5 victory over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action on Timothy J. Coughlin '80 Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium this afternoon.

Sophomore Alison Johnson (Middle Island, New York/Longwood) dished out eight assists on her way to 11 points, by adding three goals, to lead Adelphi to the win. She also collected two ground balls for the Panthers. Junior Lena Riportella (West Islip, New York/West Islip) and sophomore Kole Pollock (Massapequa, New York/Massapequa) each netted a team-high four goals for the Panthers, while sophomore Allison Stackpole (Massapequa, New York/Massapequa) added three goals. Senior Beth Ann Pierce (Middleburg, Virginia/Saint John's Catholic Prep) chipped in with a pair of goals, while classmate Michele Scannell (Smithtown, New York/Smithtown East) and post grad Jill Graziano (New Hyde Park, New York/New Hyde Park Memorial) each registered a goal and assist.

Freshman Emma Lemanski (Wantagh, New York/Wantagh) finished with five saves in the Adelphi goal, with three ground balls and a caused turnover. Scannell also chipped in with three draw controls and a ground ball, while Graziano collected four ground balls and three draws. Senior Kaitlyn Stackpole (Massapequa, New York/Kellenberg) paced the Panthers defense with eight caused turnovers and four ground balls, while dishing out an assist.

Pleshaw added a goal and assist this afternoon. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Freshman Olivia Pino (North Andover, Massachusetts/North Andover) netted two goals for Stonehill, while sophomore MacKenzie Pleshaw (Franklin, Massachusetts/Franklin) totaled a goal and assist. Senior Taylor Shannahan (Mendham, New Jersey/Morris Catholic) scored a goal and added five ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore Bailey Grant (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) posted 11 saves in the Skyhawks goal, adding six ground balls and a caused turnover.

Adelphi scored the final six goals of the first half after Pino put Stonehill on the scoreboard to pull the Skyhawks within two (3-1) with 19:14 remaining in the half, to carry a 9-1 lead into the second. Johnson scored two of her three goals and added an assist during the run, while Scannell notched a goal and assist. Johnson assisted on Riportella's first goal of the game to open the run with 14:49 remaining in the half and then capped the half with her third goal of the afternoon with just four second on the clock.

Graziano stretched the Adelphi run to seven goals to start the second half, assisted by Johnson, 27-seconds in. Pleshaw broke up the run with her 24th goal of the season just 1:15 later, but Riportella potted back to back markers to push the Panthers lead to ten (12-2) with 22:30 left.

Stonehill threatened to get back into the game with three-straight goals within a minute to pull within seven (12-5) with 19:38 still to play. Shannahan opened the run with a free-position goal with 20:38 to go and then Pino added her second of the afternoon, assisted by senior Brianna Doherty (Walpole, Massachusetts/Walpole), 30-seconds later, before junior Linna Jalinskas (Farmington, Connecticut/Farmington) scored her 18th goal of the year with 19:38 on the clock.

Adelphi halted the run there as junior Chelsea Abreu (Huntington, New York/Harborfields) scored with 18:55 to go and the Panthers netted the final seven goals of the contest to seal the win.  

Stonehill (5-7, 4-6 NE10) is right back in action at W.B. Mason Stadium on Tuesday, when it hosts Saint Anselm College for its Senior Night game at 7 p.m. Adelphi (13-1, 11-0 NE10) travels to Saint Anselm next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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