Schroka's overtime tally lifts Adrian into NCAA semifinals

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ADRIAN, Mich. -- Despite a string of highly successful seasons and two previous NCAA tournament appearances, Adrian had always come up just a bit short of breaking through to make it to its first Frozen Four. But that all changed Saturday afternoon when Kaylyn Schroka scored at 19:00 of a wild overtime period to lift to the Bulldogs to a 5-4 NCAA quarterfinal win over Elmira.

Adrian (27-2-0) opened the scoring when Kristin Lewicki netted her 29th of the season just 1:04 into the game. Despite two mid-period power plays for Elmira (18-6-4) and one for Adrian, no one was able to score until Elmira's Sarah Hughson scored at the 19:00 mark of the first to tie the game at 1-1.

The back-and-forth scoring trend continued as three more times one team claimed a lead only to watch the other storm back to tie things up.

At 4:42 of the second period Elmira claimed its only lead of the day when Meghan Fonfara scored on the power play, but Adrian's Lexie Tzafaroglou answered with a power play goal of her own at 8:26 to draw things back square at 2-2.

Adrian reclaimed the lead at 14:39 when Schroka tallied her first of the afternoon, also on the power play, but again Elmira answered back with a Rachel Grampp goal at 9:46 of the third period and with just over ten minutes to play the Soaring Eagles and Bulldogs were again tied.

This time the tie barely lasted four minutes as Adrian again took the lead, this time at 4-3, when Kristin Lewicki put her 30th of the year away at the 13:48 mark. Back-to-back penalties on Elmira followed and it looked like Adrian might have a chance to finally pull away, but that possibility rapidly went out the window when Elmira's Maddy Jerolman scored shorthanded with 4:54 remaining in regulation to again tie the game.

Perhaps fittingly, regulation ended with the Bulldogs and Soaring Eagles still deadlocked, 4-4, and a wild overtime period that featured abundant quality scoring looks for both teams followed. Jerolman nearly won it for the Soaring Eagles when she rang a wrister off the post with about eight minutes remaning in the extra session, but the puck stayed out and seven minutes later it was Adrian's Schroka who finally managed to find the back of the net.

Despite the high-scoring game, both goaltenders turned in strong performances as they were repeatedly challenged by high quality shots. Despite not playing in the first peroid, Brooke Gibson finished with 36 saves to get the win for Adrian, while Elmira's Kelcey Crawford finished with 47.

Schroka finished with two goals and an assist to lead Adrian, while Lewicki added the pair of goals and Sarah Shureb finished with two assists. The Bulldogs will face Gustavus Adolphus in next week's NCAA semifinals.



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