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Women’s college wrap: Navy edges La Salle, 12-11; Duke routs Denver, 16-6

Friday, 12th February 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/12/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports

Three unanswered goals in a 1:16 span midway through the second half proved to be the difference for the Navy women’s lacrosse team (2-0) as it registered a 12-11 win over a pesky La Salle (0-1) tonight at Rip Miller Field.

Senior and team captain Erin Rawlick led all players with five goals and a career-high eight draw controls in the Midshipmen’s second-straight win to begin the 2010 campaign.

“Our girls brought the ship home tonight,” said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal, a Haverford High graduate. “They came out and did what they were supposed to do, played aggressive and really earned this win against a La Salle team that fought hard.”

With the score tied at 7-7, Rawlick struck for a pair of scores in a 40-second span, both on feeds from junior teammate Caitlin Mandrin Hill from behind the net.

La Salle later cut the deficit to 10-9 with back-to-back goals from Rachel Baker and Melanie Sarcinello (Marple Newtown), but Danielle Vivonetto answered, converting a free position at 12:44 and then netting an unassisted goal with less than eight minutes left in the contest.

The Explorers showed great resilience, however, and once again dug into the Navy advantage on Stefany McKee’s team-leading third goal of the game with 6:32 remaining. Baker’s goal with 13 seconds left made it a 12-11 final.

The win was Navy’s 20th in 23 career home contests (.869), albeit the squad’s first while playing on the Academy grounds at Rip Miller Field.

Beth Young (Villa Maria Academy) had a goal and two groundballs while twin sister Kathy Young (Villa Maria Academy) had an assist and three groundballs for Navy. Jill Davis (Ridley) and Taylor Ruland each had two goals for the Explorers and Sarcinello added three assists. Lauren McDermott (North Penn) added one goal and Megan Corliss (Archbishop Carroll) made 10 saves in goal.

Duke 16, Denver 6

Christie Barnes (Radnor) scored two goals and Sara Giedgowd (Conestoga) led the defense with three groundballs as the host Blue Devils opened their season with an easy win over the Pioneers (1-0). Kim Wenger (Great Valley) added three groundballs and three caused turnovers and Amanda Jones (Germantown Academy) had two groundballs and two caused turnovers for Duke.

Sarah Bullard and Lindsay Gilbride led the Devil attack on the evening. Bullard tallied four scores, while Gilbride totaled six points on two goals and career-high-tying four assists.

“I think that our offensive unit is actually a little less experienced than our defensive unit,” said Duke coach Kerstin Kimel, a Haverford High graduate. “We know that there are a lot of kids on the field who can score for us and I’m just pleased that we had so many people wind up in the scoring column tonight. With a younger group, you kind of roll the ball out to see how you do, and you’re not always sure what you can expect. But I was really pleased with how we played tonight.”

Sophomore goalie Ashley Harman (Boyertown) made eight saves for Denver.



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