Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/12
From Press Release
After a one year hiatus, the host Cabrini College women’s lacrosse team will return to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship game after defeating Gwynedd-Mercy College 16-13 Wednesday night at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
Saturday’s game will mark Cabrini’s 15th appearance in the conference title game.
The Cavaliers will travel to Scranton, Pa. on Saturday to face Marywood University in Saturday’s league final. The top seeded Pacers advanced to Saturday’s title game after topping Centenary College 24-14.
Sophomore Sarah Means (Archbishop Ryan) led Cabrini with eight points, including six goals, both career highs. Fellow sophomore Janel Folkomer (Springfield-Delco) posted 15 saves on the night.
Though the Griffins opened the scoring 3:23 into the game, the Cavaliers immediately responded as senior Jacky McDermott (Ridley) evened the score with her first goal of the game.
Goals by Means and freshman Sara Carzo (Strath Haven) extended the Blue and White lead to 3-1 at the 21:24 mark.
Gwynedd-Mercy rallied, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead. Means snapped the scoring run with her second goal with just north of 17 minutes to play before the half.
Sophomore Erin McLaughlin (Kingsway Regional) scored her second goal of the season, returning the lead back to the Cavaliers. Means’ unassisted goal with 13:24 left in the first half pushed the lead back to two goals at 6-4.
Scores by sophomore Brianna Thompson (Interboro) and Means gave the Blue and White an 8-6 lead with 10:33 to play in the first half. Gwynedd-Mercy closed the half four consecutive goals to take a 10-8 lead into halftime.
The Griffins’ run continued with an early second half score. Means’ fifth goal of the evening stopped the run, sending the Cavaliers on a spurt of their own. Freshman Lacie Doubet (Ridley) found the net with just under 20 minutes left.
At the 15:57 mark, sophomore Kellie Manoppello (Upper Merion) posted her 20th goals of the season. McDermott’s second of the night and an Ali May goal capped a four goal run, giving Cabrini a 13-11 lead with 11:25 on the clock.
Gwynedd-Mercy cut into the Cavaliers’ lead, but Means’ returned Cabrini’s lead back to two with an unassisted tally.
Doubet’s second score of the night gave the Blue and White its first three goal lead off the game with just 3:47 to play.
Thompson’s second goal with 79 seconds on the clock iced the game for the Cavaliers.
Means and Carzo each added a pair of assists in Cabrini’s winning effort. Doubet led the team with four draw controls, while Means and Ali May (Downingtown East) added three each.
Carzo’s four caused turnovers helped Cabrini’s defensive effort. The group of McLaughlin, Thompson, May and Katie Slonaker also forced a pair of Griffins turnovers each.
Senior Brigid Dowling (Little Flower) led Gwynedd-Mercy (8-10) with three goals and four points. Fellow senior Morgan Hosler added four points on a goal and three assists in the losing effort.
Eastern 15, King’s 8
An undermanned Eastern used balanced scoring and solid defense to top King’s College and advance this Saturday’s Freedom Conference Championship game. Courtney Reinhold led five Eastern goal-scorers with four goals and an assist.
Things did not start out well for the Eagles as Emily Foley controlled the opening draw for the visiting Monarchs and went straight to goal for a 1-0 lead only 17 seconds into the contest. Allie Fultz, however, answered with her first of three on the day two minutes later.
Seconds later, King’s retook the lead but Fultz again answered to spark a 6-1 Eastern run. That spurt put the Eagles in command of the game with an 8-3 lead with less than nine minutes to play in the first half.
“We had great enthusiasm today,” Head Coach Camrin Azzarano said of her team, “We were down a couple key players, but our energy and ‘want to’ came through and we got off to a great start. [Allie] Fultz was great at both ends today.”
The Eagles led 9-4 in the waning seconds of the first half, but the Monarchs grabbed some momentum on a transition goal in the closing seconds. Up 9-5 on the scoreboard, the Eagles dominated almost all the statistics of the first half except draw controls. The Monarchs, led by Foley’s seven first-half controls, had a 10-5 edge in the circle. Eastern reversed that trend with 6-of-10 draws after the intermission.
Coach Azzarano’s squad scored the first two goals of the second half to grab the momentum back.
The upstart Monarchs, in their first post-season action as a program, refused to go quietly, and they carved into the Eastern lead with three goals in the middle of the period to cut the Eastern lead to 12-8.
Lindsay Corbitt, on in relief for Kristy Getsay, made two of her five second half-stops with the Eagles playing down a player from a yellow card to keep King’s from getting any closer. With the lead, the Eagles were able to pull the Monarch defense away from goal, burn time off the clock, and score the final three goals of the match for the 15-8 final.
Fultz and Jocelyn Paul each had three goals and an assist and Shannon Wilcox added three. Kendall Rood scored a pair. Chelsea Manes had three goals and an assist and Foley had two tallies to lead King’s (10-8).
The Eagles will play the winner of tonight’s FDU-Florham vs. Manhattanville game. If the top-seeded Devils prevail Eastern will travel to Madison N.J. for the Freedom Championship game.