SNHU (0-2, 0-0 Northeast-10)
No. 2 Adelphi (3-0, 0-0 Northeast-10)
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - Larkin Field, Manchester, N.H.
THE MATCHUP: Southern New Hampshire host second-ranked and three-time defending national champion Adelphi in its home and Northeast-10 opener Thursday.
THE COACHES: Kate Mullen is in her third season at SNHU...Mullen guided the Penmen to their sixth straight Northeast-10 tournament appearance last season and has a record at SNHU of 18-18...prior to arriving at SNHU she guided Endicott to three straight NCAA tournament berths...she owns a career record of 63-33...Rob Grella is in his first season at Adelphi...a 1997 graduate of AU, he was a two-time All-American for the Panthers.
THE SERIES:Adelphi has won all four meetings in the series with Southern New Hampshire, including a 24-3 win at Larkin Field last season...the Panthers jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead...Claire Petersen led AU with four goals and eight assists, while Erica Devito finished with six goals and an assist...Jade Antonangeli led the Penmen with a goal and an assist, while Justine Clark and Sara Halbich had the other SNHU goals.
THE PENMEN: Southern New Hampshire has opened the season with a pair of losses to nationally-ranked foes Limestone and C.W. Post...Emily Mongeau leads the Penmen with three goals and an assist, while Justine Clark and Emily King have two goals apiece...Jade Antonangeli and Phoebe Clark have each tallied a goal and an assist...SNHU, which was picked seventh, returns 100% of its offense from a season ago...Mongeau led the team with 62 goals and 22 assists a season ago en route to Second Team All-American honors, while Antonangeli finished with 53 goals and 18 assists...Phoebe Clark was named the NE-10's Rookie of the Year after recording 36 goals and 10 assists, while Ellie Morin notched 29 goals and 15 assists.
THE PANTHERS: Adelphi, which has captured each of the last three NCAA Division II national championships, has won 29 games in a row and are 3-0 this season following a 21-3 road win at Philadelphia Saturday...Erica Devito leads the Panthers in scoring with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points...Sara Sangiorgio has registered a team-best 14 goals and has 15 points on the season, while Devan Crimi has notched eight goals and four assists...eight different players have scored at least one goal for Adelphi to date...Jordann Dempsey has seen the bulk of action in goal for AU and owns a 6.19 goals-against average and .500 save percentage.
WHAT'S NEXT: Southern New Hampshire is back at home Saturday when it hosts Southern Connecticut in a 1:00 Northeast-10 contest...the Penmen are then at Bentley next Wednesday.