GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (April 27, 2016) – After the Franklin Pierce University women's lacrosse team struck first on Wednesday night, No. 1 nationally ranked Adelphi rattled off the next five goals, and eight of the first half's 10 remaining goals, to take control on the way to a 15-4 victory in Northeast-10 Conference play. Junior attack Jacqueline Jahelka -- who ranks fifth in the country in goal scoring -- led the way for Adelphi with seven goals and one assist.
With the loss, Franklin Pierce falls to 8-7 (5-7 Northeast-10), while Adelphi improves to 15-0 (12-0 Northeast-10).
Sophomore midfielder Briana Sweeney (Shirley, N.Y.) -- who scored two of her team's four goals on the night -- opened the scoring just shy of five minutes in, but the Ravens would hold the lead for just 15 seconds. Jahelka scored twice in less than two minutes and would score four times in a 5-0 Adelphi run over the next 10 minutes. Sweeney stopped the run, before Adelphi sophomore midfielder Michele Scannell struck twice to make it a 7-2 game. Senior midfielder Lauren Beville (Jamesville, N.Y.) for the Ravens and Jahelka for the Panthers would then trade goals, as Adelphi took an 8-3 lead into halftime.
Adelphi would score the first seven goals of the second half -- including two more, and an assist, for Jahelka -- to open the lead to as much as 15-3. Sophomore midfielder Caitlin Sweeney (Shirley, N.Y.) put home a feed from senior attack Nicole Dale (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) in the dying minutes to create the 15-4 final.
Briana Sweeney scored twice to lead the Ravens, while Beville snagged two draw controls and caused a turnover. Sophomore defender Megan Schaeffer (Brookhaven, N.Y.) collected a game-best five ground balls.
Jahelka's 7-1-8 performance led the way for Adelphi, while Scannell tacked on 3-1-4 and senior attack Rachel O'Brien dished out four assists. Scannell corralled five draw controls, while senior defender Camille Rosellini collected four ground balls and junior defender Ryley Weber caused four turnovers.
Junior goalkeeper Denise Hunt (Hull, Mass.) made 12 saves against 27 shots on goal and took the loss (8-7) in net for Franklin Pierce. In the other crease, senior Taylor Hayes (15-0) stopped eight of 12 shots to pick up the win for Adelphi.
The Ravens return to the field on Saturday, April 30, when they return home for their regular-season finale against Le Moyne. Game time is set for 11 a.m. at Sodexo Field in Rindge.
Franklin Pierce Athletics (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu). Also be sure to follow the Ravens through the Department of Athletics' official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens), its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports) and its Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/FPUathletics). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce women's lacrosse apparel can do so at the Department of Athletics' online store (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store).