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Saturday’s Division II women’s lacrosse: West Chester rolls, Holy Family stuns Georgian Court

Sunday, 1st April 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/1/12
From Press Releases

Tori Dugan (Bayard Rustin), Jamie Dolan and MacKenzie O’Keefe (Downingtown East) each registered a hat trick as visiting West Chester ran out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back in a 17-7 PSAC women’s lacrosse victory at Mercyhurst Saturday night.

West Chester (5-1, 3-1 PSAC) rebounded quite well, after dropping its first contest of the season at Bloomsburg last Sunday. Mercyhurst (5-4, 3-1) dropped its first league contest of the year.

The Golden Rams scored four goals in the first eight minutes of the game to take a 4-0 lead. Dugan scored the first goal and assisted on the second. Lauren Glassey (Henderson) then tallied the first of her two on the night, before Erin Oczkowski (Archbishop Wood) did the same.

After Mercyhurst’s Anna Lagrett put the hosts on the board, West Chester rattled off six unanswered markers to take control of the match. That run was highlighted by a natural hat trick from O’Keefe, who scored three straight times in the first half.

Jess Henderson (5-1, Henderson High) made nine saves in the game to register the win in the cage.

Holy Family 12, Georgian Court 11

Holy Family defeated Georgian Court for the first time in program history in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest at Tiger Field.

Holy Family improves to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while Georgian Court drops to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the CACC. Prior to this game, the Tigers were 0-7 all-time against the Lions.

Senior Gina Mansi (Washington Twp.) led the Holy Family offense with a game-high four goals, while fellow classmate Samantha Cornely (Camden Catholic) and freshman Sarah Kelly (Washington Twp.) each tallied three goals apiece. Kelly also had an assist and grabbed three ground balls.

Junior Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan) tallied an assist and led the Tigers with five ground balls and ten draw controls. Senior Lauren Greco (Council Rock South) and freshman Brianna Lancetta (Bishop Eustace) also scored for Holy Family.

For Georgian Court, juniors Olivia Rotunno and Samantha Shaw each scored three goals to lead the Lions’ offense. Shaw also assisted on three other goals to lead the team with six points. Junior Corinne Coyle and sophomore Stephanie Gallo each had a pair of goals.

Both teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first half as neither team compiled a multiple goal lead. Holy Family escaped the first half with a one-goal advantage after Kelly scored her third goal of the half with 1:45 remaining. Kelly’s goal made the score 6-5 entering halftime.

In the second half, Holy Family opened with three straight goals to take the game’s biggest lead by the score of 9-5. Mansi scored a pair of goals, while Cornely added another off a free-position shot during the Tigers’ run.

Holy Family maintained its multiple goal lead well into the half, however in the final six-plus minutes Georgian Court cut the Tigers’ lead to one goal on two separate occassions.

At the 6:46 mark, Rotunno scored a goal, which started a quick 3-0 run by the Lions to pull within one goal of the Tigers. The trio of Rotunno, Gallo and Shaw all scored in a 1:46 span to make the score 11-10 with 5:00 to play in regulation.

Holy Family responded with a goal by Cornely at the 4:28 mark to make the score 12-10 which gave the Tigers a slight advantage.

However, Georgian Court would once again cut the Tigers’ lead to a single goal after Gallo scored her second goal in three-minute span to make the score 12-11 with 2:13 to play.

Holy Family would go on to win the ensuing draw and controlled possession of the ball until the final minute after Georgian Court regained control after a save by freshman goalkeeper Amanda Cathcart.

Georgian Court managed to get a shot off with :25 seconds on the clock, however senior goalkeeper Melissa Jenkins (Interboro) came away with a huge save for the Tigers allowing Holy Family to regain possession. The Tigers would go on to run down the clock and hold on to the one goal victory.

Jenkins finished with nine saves for the Tigers, while Cathcart made seven stops for the Lions.

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