Salute to the champions: Adelphi women's lacrosse

Team photo of Adelphi, who are the 2014

Team photo of Adelphi, who are the 2014 women's NCAA champions. (Credit: Keith Lucas)

The NCAA Division II championship for women's lacrosse started in 2001 and Adelphi has captured six of those titles. This season the Panthers went 22-0 to return the title to the Garden City campus for the first time since winning three straight from 2009-11. Adelphi has combined with LIU Post to capture 10 of the 14 NCAA title games.

The 2014 champions:

(Name, year, position, hometown)

Rachel Aitkens, Soph., A, Whitehouse Station, N.J.: Played in 22 games, scored 11 goals and had three assists. Had a goal and assist in the 7-5 victory over Lock Haven in the NCAA championship.

Natalie Badalato, Fr., A, Hicksville: The All-County selection who captained her high school team was a redshirt this year. She will play in 2015.

Kate Beier, Fr., M, West Islip: Participated in 22 games, scoring 25 goals. Sixth in scoring with 30 points.

Meg Brown, Grad., M, Lindenhurst: Named the most outstanding player of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. Scooped up 45 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers.

Devan Crimi, Sr., A, West Islip: Set a school record with 83 goals and had 52 assists. Named first team All-American and was the conference player of the year.

Jordann Dempsey, Sr., G, Sparks, Md.: Saw action in seven games, winning twice. Fourth in career saves with 174 stops.

Alexa Froccaro, Jr., M, Port Washington: Named All-American and most outstanding player at the Final Four. Scored 103 points, including 74 goals. Scored the game winner against Lock Haven.

Gianna Gallo, Soph., M, Port Washington: Played in 21 games on the defensive end; caused four turnovers and picked up six ground balls.

Jen Graham, Fr., D, Wantagh: A key defensive player, grabbed 26 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers. Named to the conference all-tournament team.

Jill Graziano, Fr., A, New Hyde Park: The All-County player in high school red shirted this season.

Taylor Hayes, Soph., G, Rockville Centre (Kellenberg): Named the conference goalkeeper of the year, she won 20 games and made 73 stops.

Laura Hedges, Sr., M, Longwood: Played several positions over her four-year career, valuable on the defensive end this season, causing two turnovers in 16 games.

Stefani Jackson, Sr., D, West Islip: Overcame injuries to see action in eight games, scooping up two ground balls.

Jacqueline Jahelka, Fr., A, Garden City: The conference rookie of the year scored 61 goals and was named All-American.

Lauren Janelli, Jr., M, North Shore: The all-conference player was a key member of the defense, causing 22 turnovers in 21 starts.

Danielle Jaycox, Jr., M, St. John the Baptist: Scored 41 goals, caused 27 turnovers and grabbed 33 ground balls.

Emily Keesling, Soph., A, Bel Air, Md.: Scored a goal in the championship game and finished the season with 17 goals in 21 games.

Alaina Lamont, Sr., A, Baltimore, Md.: Scored six goals in nine games, including a hat trick against Southern Connecticut State.

Taylor Langston, Soph., G, Carlsbad, Calif.: Made five appearances in goal, making three saves in 77 minutes. .

Felicia Mills, Jr., M, Islip: The most dominant player in the nation on the draw, she controlled 179, and earned All-American honors.

Danielle Montano, Soph., A, Oceanside: Made 11 appearances for the Panthers, scoring three goals and adding three assists.

Rachel O'Brien, Soph., A, Bayport-Blue Point: Last season's rookie of the year finished fourth in scoring with 70 points on 42 goals and 28 assists.

Kelly Osmulski, Soph., M, Summit, N.J.: Played in 13 games, picking up seven ground balls.

Katy Richardson, Soph., D, West Palm Beach, Fla.: Played nine games with one goal, an assist, one ground ball and one caused turnover.

Camille Rosellini, Soph., D, Rockaway, N.J.: A key player on defense, she was third on the team in ground balls (44) and caused 18 turnovers. Second team all-conference.

Nina Stoia, Soph., D, Longwood: Played in 11 games and had two ground balls. Played field hockey and was a gymnast at Floyd.

Kristen Vath, Fresh., M, Milford, N.J.: An all-conference player in high school, Vath red shirted this season.

Ryley Weber, Fresh., D, Wantagh: Made the Final Four all-tournament team. Picked up 34 ground balls and caused 22 turnovers.

Jacqueline Williams, Sr., D, Holy Trinity: The two-time Northeast-10 defensive player and three- time All-American led the team with 33 caused turnovers.

Casey Zalewski, Fresh., A, Wall, N.J.: Set her high school record for goals in a season with 60, played in six games for Adelphi with one ground ball and one caused one turnover.

COACHES:

Rob Grella(third season, 56-6): Coached the Panthers to a school record 22 wins. He was a two-time All-American at Adelphi Assistants: Erica Devito (Adelphi), Jenna Lucchesi (Northeastern), Nicole Flego (Delaware), Brittany Davis (Rutgers), Kerry Stoothoff (Loyola).

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