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Saturday’s collegiate women’s roundup: Holy Family to play in CACC finals today; WCU falls in PSAC final

Sunday, 2nd May 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/2/10
From Press Releases

Holy Family and Georgian Court University will clash for the 2010 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women’s Lacrosse Championship today after earning victories in Saturday’s semifinal round.

The Lions and Tigers will meet at 1:00 pm Sunday for the title at Georgian Court.

Georgian Court, the tournament’s top seed, upended No. 4 Philadelphia University, 17-9, while Holy Family defeated No. 3 Wilmington University, 12-9. Both GCU and Holy Family will be attempting to win their first conference lacrosse championship. Women’s lacrosse is in its second year as a CACC-sponsored sport, and Philadelphia won the inaugural crown in 2009.

Georgian Court avenged last season’s championship game loss to Philadelphia by defeating their conference foe three straight times in 2010, while earning a return trip to the title game. The Lions are now 16-2 this season.

Philadelphia (7-11) took only 40 seconds to take a quick 1-0 lead, courtesy of a Taylor Boyle goal. That would be the Lady Rams’ only advantage of the contest as the Lions rattled off four unanswered goals over the next seven minutes to take a 4-1 lead.

Sophomore Taylor Peltzer (Archbishop Wood) drilled three scores for Philadelphia U, while senior Katherine Sullivan rejected 11 Georgian Court shots in the defeat.

Holy Family will be making an appearance in the conference championship game just a year removed from a 0-16 season. The Tigers are now 10-6 in 2010 behind the tutelage of first-year head coach Sarah Lautenbach.

Holy Family secured the hard-fought victory over Wilmington behind five goals from the stick of Jennifer James (Little Flower), while Katherine Podlinski netted three goals.

Both teams found goals hard to come by in the opening minutes as Wilmington held a slim 2-1 edge almost 12 minutes into the action. Holy Family responded with three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead with 12:48 left on a score by sophomore Gina Mansi. The Tigers went into halftime up 5-4.

Wilmington opened the second half with two scores to take a 6-5 lead, but James and Podlinski accounted for the next four goals to give the Tigers a 9-6 edge with 19:05 left.

Wilmington was able to cut the lead to one, 9-8, with 14:49 on the clock, but Holy Family scored three of the final four goals in the contest to secure its first appearance in the tournament championship game.

The Lions swept the season-series against Holy Family in 2010, defeating the Tigers, 17-7, on April 1 in Philadelphia and 11-5 on April 10 at Georgian Court.

SemiFinals, Saturday, May 1
#1 Georgian Court 17, #4 Philadelphia 9
#2 Holy Family 12, #3 Wilmington 9

Championship, Sunday, May 1 – at Georgian Court University
Georgian Court vs. Holy Family – 1:00 pm.

Division II
Lock Haven 16, West Chester 6

Allison Berger (Springfield-Montco) scored two of her three goals in the first 11 minutes of play and Kate Smyth (Pennsbury) added two goals and four assists as the Eagles (16-1) defended their PSAC championship by dealing the Rams (17-1) their first loss of the year.

Gwen Buss (Harrisburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) and Emily Cilla (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) rounded The win all but assures the Lady Eagles a trip to the NCAA DII National Tournament on May 22 and 23. They await the NCAA Lacrosse Selection Show this Sunday, May 9 to determine their seed.

Claire Grimwood led WCU with three goals.

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