Wednesday, 27 May 2009 12:50
Adelphi University Panther Kaitlyn Carter (Mineola High School Class of 2007) garnered the second Division II Women’s Lacrosse National Championship for Mustang alumni with a record setting 16-4 victory over Lock Haven University in Salem, Virginia on Sunday, May 17.
The victory continues Adelphi’s lacrosse domination with an NCAA record third National Championship (alongside two runner-up finishes) in only the program’s ninth season. The Panthers also completed their first undefeated season (18-0) in school history.
Katherine Hock (Mineola High School Class of 2001), Mineola’s current assistant varsity coach and Adelphi’s all-time leading scorer, led the Panthers to their inaugural national title in 2004.
Carter, a sophomore, has been a significant part of the Panther offense. According to second-year head coach Joe Spallina, “Carter, in my opinion, is the best midfielder in Division II. She is explosive and will take you from end to end.”
In this year’s NCAA tournament, Carter tied Hock’s school record with six goals in a tournament game (a semi-final victory against rival C.W. Post) and 10 goals for the entire post-season. The effort earned Carter NCAA Final Four All-Tournament honors for 2009. Hock and Carter now share a National Championship and Final Four runner-up finish.
Carter has scored 95 goals as a two-year starter for Adelphi. She was a second team All-American and voted All-Region and Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008. Adelphi has compiled a 34-1 record with Carter on the roster. With two years of eligibility remaining, Carter has an opportunity to join Hock as a first team All-American and become a multiple National Champion.
Both Hock and Carter were recruited by Adelphi after stellar careers at Mineola under current head coach Frank Massaro.