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Friday’s college roundup: Lehigh women advance to Patriot finals; Delaware men top PSU, wrap up playoff berth

Saturday, 1st May 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/1/10
From Press Releases

For the first time in school history the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team will play for a Patriot League championship after the Mountain Hawks earned a tough 9-8 victory over No. 4 Holy Cross in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament on Friday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

Senior captain Inneke Carmola and freshman Anna Patterson scored two goals apiece for Lehigh, as it ties the school record for victories with 14 on the season. The Crusaders received three goals from Taylor Zebrowski and Katie Gardner as their season comes to a close at 6-11.

Lehigh will host second seeded Navy and coach Cindy Timchal (Haverford High) on Sunday in the Patriot championship game at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The opening draw control is set for 1:00 and tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets will be sold at the door on game day and all seating is general admission. Tickets will go on sale beginning an hour prior to the start of the game.

Navy defeated Colgate, 15-10, as Kathy Young (Villa Maria Academy) had two goals and one assist.

Lehigh was credited with 28 shots on the evening, including 18 on goal. Junior Lauren Dykstra scooped up a team-high four ground balls, while classmate Allison Thomas (Conestoga) led the Mountain Hawks with four draw controls.

Dykstra also led the way with two caused turnovers and freshman ML DiNisco earned the win in goal for the Brown and White after stopping four shots in 33 minutes of action. Senior Kelsy Ferris played the first 27 minutes in net for Lehigh and sent back two shots.

Holy Cross caused six Lehigh turnovers on the night and was credited with 17 shots. Amy Martin, the 2010 Patriot League Goal Keeper of the Year scooped up a team-high four ground balls and also sent back nine shots in net. Three different Crusaders won two draw controls in the game and as a team Holy Cross was whistled for 19 fouls.

“I thought we made some solid adjustments on defense in the second half and had several nice caused turnovers,” said Lehigh coach Jill Redfern (Ursinus College). “We also possessed the ball beautifully down the stretch.

“It feels good to get this one out of the way. It was certainly not our best effort and we know we can play much better than we did tonight.”

Villanova 16, Cincinnati 15

Rachel Lasda and Amy Jackson each had three goals for the Wildcats (8-7).

Delaware 14, Penn State 10

Attackman Curtis Dickson put in another big effort and now the Blue Hens are headed back to the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.

Dickson, the national player of the year candidate who entered the game leading the nation in points, exploded for six goals, including two during a decisive five goal run midway through the third quarter, to lead Delaware to the CAA?victory over host Penn State.

The win guaranteed the Blue Hens the No. 2 seed and a home berth in next week’s CAA?Tournament where Delaware will host the semifinals at Delaware Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Delaware will take on the winner of Saturday’s Drexel vs. Massachusetts game. No. 1 seed Towson will host the loser of the UMass-Drexel game in the semifinals on Wednesday night.

Delaware (8-6, 3-2 CAA), which won its third straight game, also got two goals each from Kevin?Kaminski (Strath Haven) Anthony Ruiz, and Martin Cahill while Grant Kaleikau scored a goal and dished out three assists.

Dickson, who also dished out an assist to cap a seven-point effort, extended his streaks to 23 straight games with a goal and 54 consecutive with a point. He also upped his career point total to 202 to become just the fifth player in school history to reach the 200-point mark, he increased his career goal total to 154 to move into second place all-time at UD, and he upped his season goal total to 54, becoming only the fifth player in UD?history and the first since 1999 to reach the 50-goal plateau. He also posted his 10th hat trick this season to tie for the national lead with Duke’s Max Quinzani.

Penn State (2-11, 1-4 CAA), which closed out its initial season in the CAA?by losing five of its last six games, got three goals and two assists from Matthew Mackrides (Malvern Prep) while Nick Dolik and Colton Vosburgh (Unionville) each scored twice and Anthony Basciano dished out two assists.

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