Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/22/12
From Press Releases
College senior attack Emily Diehl scored a goal with 4.2 seconds left as the Bears (9-7, 5-4 Centennial) fended off Muhlenberg (5-8, 1-8 Centennial) 16-15 in women’s lacrosse play on Saturday.
With the win, combined with Swarthmore’s win over Haverford, the Bears clinched the fourth spot in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs, and will host the Garnet on Wednesday, April 25 at Patterson Field.
Muhlenberg did not make it easy as the Mules scored six straight goals to rally from a six-goal deficit with ten minutes left in the game to make the score all even at 12.
Ursinus then got back-to-back goals from sophomore midfielder Nicole Kovacs (Washington Township) at 5:16 and one from Diehl on a Kovacs assists with 3:30 left to give the Bears a 14-12 lead.
Muhlenberg then scored two goals, the last coming from Alexandra Gabriele with 49 seconds left to tie the score at 15-all.
After Muhlenberg turned it over, Ursinus got a successful clear. Diehl then scored her goal, on an assist by Kovacs.
Senior midfielder Alyssa Thren (Upper Perkiomen) had five goals, while Diehl finished with four and an assist. Kovacs had two goals and three assists, while senior attack Kim Peifer (Methacton) had two goals and an assist.
Thren finished with seven draw controls, while sophomore midfielder Caroline Cannon had five ground balls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Riley Pembroke had 15 saves in the win.
Swarthmofre 11, Haverford College 8
In a statement victory over the Fords (6-10, 4-5 CC), the Garnet (11-5, 5-4 CC) qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2006 on a sunny afternoon at Swan Field.
Leading the charge for the Garnet was junior Annalise Penikis (Strath Haven), who scored four goals and had one assist. Sophomore Corinne Sommi scored two goals and added two assists and senior Marie Mutryn also contributed two goals. Scoring one goal each were junior Beth Martin, junior Nicole Vanchieri, and freshman Sara Lentricchia.
With the win, the Garnet secured the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Centennial playoffs will play at No. 4 seed Ursinus on Wednesday at a time to be determined.
For the Fords, Josie Ferri (Pennsbury) had three goals. Perrin Downing and Diana Perry both scored two goals a piece. Megan Gallagher added one goal.