It was early in the second half when Adelphi's Devan Crimi sliced her way to the front of the net with a sharp cut and scored her 78th goal of the season. With the iconic song "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys blaring from the Motamed Field speakers, Crimi very coolly carved out a place for herself in the school's record book as the all-time single-season goal-scorer.
Crimi indeed was on fire, scoring five goals with five assists, and Alexa Froccaro sizzled as well, with five goals and two assists, as host No. 1 Adelphi advanced to the Division II women's lacrosse Final Four with a 20-6 victory over Saint Anselm Saturday. The Panthers (20-0) will face rival LIU Post Saturday in the NCAA Tournament semifinals at 4 p.m. at Roanoke College in Salem, Va. That fact was much more important to Crimi than her achievement.
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"I didn't even know I broke the record," the senior from West Islip said. "It's incredible, the dream of every young girl. I'm proud of what I do but I owe it all to my teammates. We've been preparing to play Post again. Freshman year we beat them for the national championship. The last two years, they beat us in the playoffs. I want to go out with a bang."
Froccaro, a junior middie from Port Washington, set up Crimi's record-setting goal and also was unaware that school history was being made. "It's an honor being a part of something like that but, really, we all were just trying to get back to the Final Four. Today showed that we're hungry."
The Panthers devoured the visitors in the second half, outscoring Saint Anselm (13-5) 12-1 as the Panthers improved their nation's leading scoring average to 17.85 goals per game. Rachel O'Brien (Bayport/Bayport-Blue Point)) contributed four goals, Danielle Jaycox (Amityville/St. John the Baptist) added three and Jackie Jahelka (Garden City) had two goals and an assist.
"We're a very fast offense," Froccaro said. "It's awesome to know that even though we have one great player, we have seven really amazing players. It's unreal."
Crimi, who scored three goals with three assists in the second half, has 79 goals for the season, best in the nation, and 127 points. For her career, which isn't over yet, she has 372 points, just eight behind Erica Devito for the school record. Devito also held the previous record for goals in a season with 77 set in 2011.
"I had no idea Devan set the record," Adelphi coach Rob Grella said. "She's done an amazing job. She's a marked player every game, but she came out and led the team in the second half. She does it allbut, her best attribute is her ability to lead this team."
Crimi is fire and ice.