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College roundup: Penn women clinch Ivy League title, Ciarrocca wins in finale, Villanova men triumph

Sunday, 25th April 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/25/10

Emma Spiro had four goals and Ali DeLuca had three goals and six assists to lead visiting Penn to a 19-5 conquest of Brown today, giving the Qaukers their fourth straight Ivy League title.

Giulia Giordano added three goals and an assist and Megan Smith (Henderson) had two goals and one assist and Maddie Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) had two goals for Penn (12-3, 7-0).

The Quakers have their sights set on the inaugural Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Red and Blue are the top seed in the tournament, which will be held at Franklin Field Friday and Sunday.

Second seed Dartmouth will play third-seeded Cornell at 4 p.m. and Penn will renew its rivalry with fourth-seeded Princeton at 7 p.m. in Friday’s semifinals. The finals will be on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Delaware 12, Drexel 11

Delaware (6-10 overall, 3-4 CAA) and Drexel (10-6 overall, 3-3 CAA) went goal-for-goal in the first half and entered intermission deadlocked at 5-5. Despite UD scoring the first of the half, Drexel went on to tally four consecutive for a three-goal cushion. Delaware notched the victory as the Hens recorded five of the game’s final six scores.

Sixth-year head coach Kim Ciarrocca (Plymouth Whitemarsh grad, former Ursinus, Temple coach), who announced her retirement prior to the 2010 season, coached her final Delaware game and improved to 51-50 at the helm of the Hens with the victory.

Courtney Aburn scored a season-high four goals, the third four-goal performance of her career, and added an assist to lead Delaware to victory. Junior Julianna Jeffers (Springfield-Delco) also added four scores and recorded a commanding seven draw controls to Delaware’s statistics.

Senior Katie Lawson led Drexel with four scores as senior Becca Drylie-Perkins netted three.

Division I
Villanova 8, Rutgers 4

Paul Webber had two goals and two assists as the ninth-ranked Wildcats defeated host Rutgers in Big East men’s lacrosse.

With the victory, the Wildcats (9-4, 3-1) are tied with Georgetown for second place in the conference and are in prime contention to earn a bid to the 16-team NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. Rutgers (5-7, 1-3) lost its third consecutive game to a top-10 ranked opponent.

“Today was a big win for us to get us to 3-1 in the Big East,” Villanova coach Mike Corrado said. “It was a great way to rebound from a tough double-overtime loss last Tuesday to Lehigh.

“Our defense played incredibly well and we did a great job of controlling one of the best midfields in the nation against Rutgers. Our offense played well, we had a good distribution of goals, and Billy Hurley came up big for us making ten saves for the day.”

Defensively, sophomore Chris Creighton (Malvern Prep.) and junior Brian Karalunas led the Wildcats with four caused turnovers apiece, while Chris Ficke and Nolan Vihlen combined for nine ground balls. Senior Bryan McCartney (Archbishop Wood) had two caused turnovers and a groundball.

In goal, sophomore Billy Hurley (Morristown, N.J) earned his sixth win of the season and made 10 saves.

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