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Women’s lacrosse: Holy Family advances to CACC finals, Philadelphia Univ. is eliminated; Philly girls lead Navy to NCAAs

Saturday, 5th May 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/5/12
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The top-seed Holy Family University women’s lacrosse team picked up a 15-10 victory over No. 4 Wilmington University in the semifinals of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) semifinals Saturday afternoon at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J.

Holy Family, winners of a program-best ten straight games, improves to 13-4 overall and will be advancing to the CACC Championship Final for the second time in program history and first since 2010. Wilmington concludes its season with a 9-8 overall record.

Holy Family will face No. 2 Georgian Court in the Final at 12 p.m. Sunday. The Lions defeated No. 3 Philadelphia University, 17-10 to advance to their fourth straight conference championship game.

Senior Lauren Greco (Council Rock South) and sophomore Marissa Lawson led the Holy Family offense with a combined six goals. Both Greco and Lawson recorded hat tricks with three goals a piece in the victory. Greco also grabbed two ground balls and caused a turnover.

Junior Maria Mattioli (Nazareth Academy) tallied a pair of goals and two ground balls, as well as freshman Brianna Lancetta (Bishop Eustace). Junior Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan) finished the game with two goals and a team-high five ground balls and six draw controls.

For Wilmington, sophomore Jessica Stratton and freshman Rebekah McCurry each finished with three goals a piece to lead the Wildcats. Sophomore Allison Kern led the defense with two caused turnovers.

Stratton scored the game’s first goal to give Wilmington an early 1-0 lead. However, Holy Family ran off four straight scores to take a 4-1 lead. McNesby capped the run with an unassisted goal at the 18:48 mark.

Neither team would score again until less than ten minutes remaining in the half when McCurry scored the Wildcats’ second goal of the game to make the score 4-2 with 9:49 to play until halftime. Holy Family responded right back as Greco came through with her second goal of the half :13 seconds later to make the score 5-2.

Holy Family would go on to score two more goals in the half to take a 7-3 lead at halftime.

The Tigers maintained their lead the entire second half despite Wilmington cutting the lead to as low as two goals late in the half. A goal by McCurry made the score 10-8 with 15:41 remaining in regulation.

Holy Family outscored Wilmington 5-2 the rest of the way, including a 4-0 run started by Lawson who scored at the 14:48 mark. Freshman Caitlin Carrezola (Neshaminy) capped the run at the 7:37 mark to give the Tigers a 14-8 lead.

Wilmington tallied two goals in the final five-plus minutes of action, but was unable to overcome the six-goal deficit as Holy Family came away with the 15-10 victory. Lawson scored her third goal of the game with 1:49 to play to cap the Tigers scoring.

Senior goalkeeper Melissa Jenkins (Interboro) made five saves in net for the Tigers after only facing 19 shots. Holy Family outshot Wilmington 41-19. The Tigers also held an edge in ground balls (21-13), while the Wildcats controlled the draws (11-10).

Junior Kaitlyn Hall made 13 saves in net for Wilmington.

Georgian Court 17, Philadelphia University 10

The Philadelphia University women’s lacrosse team’s season came to an end after suffering a loss to Georgian Court in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament semifinal.

Attack Emily Ray scored a pair of goals for the Lady Rams, who were the tournament’s third seed, and set the school’s single-season record for goals with 70.

Attack Taylor Peltzer (Archbishop Wood) recorded a hat trick, and closes out her career at Philadelphia second on the all-time points (247) and goals (188) lists.

Midfielder CariBeth Shappell had a goal and an assist in the loss to finish with a school-record 102 assists and 207 career points, fourth all-time.

Attack Elizabeth Marrosu found the back of the net twice, while midfielders Hannah Kuranz and Carli DiCioccio scored once.

The second-seeded Lions (12-6) had a seven-point game (six goals, one assist) from Molly McCourt. Samantha Shaw recorded four goals and one assist and Corinne Coyle netted three goals.

Kristen Moran was busy in the Philadelphia goal, making 15 saves. Georgian Court’s Amanda Cathcart recorded 11 saves. The Lions outshot the Lady Rams, 40-27, including a 22-8 advantage in the first half.

Marrosu scored both of her goals during a game-opening 4-1 spurt in the first 9:03. Georgian Court took control for the rest of the half and scored the final six goals, including three from McCourt and two from Coyle, to take a 7-4 halftime lead.

The Lions extend the gap to 10-4 with the first three goals of the second half.

Philadelphia ended the game strong with four of the game’s final five goals.

The Lady Rams, who have made every CACC Tournament since the tournament’s inception in 2007, end the 2012 season at 8-10 overall.

Division I
Navy 10, Oregon 9

Sophomore Aimee Gennaro’s (Archbishop Carroll) shot struck the crossbar and bounced down over the goal line with four seconds remaining in the first segment of overtime as the No. 18 Navy women’s lacrosse team (18-2) defeated host Oregon (14-5) in an NCAA Play-In Game at Pape Field.

With the win, Navy earns a third straight automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Navy will learn its first round opponent on Sunday during the NCAA Selection Show on at 9:00 PM (ET).

“I’m very proud and happy for the Navy women’s lacrosse team to come out here and win in a very hard-fought, evenly-matched game,” said head coach Cindy Timchal (Haverford High, West Chester), who is advancing to her 24th NCAA Tournament. “We knew Oregon was going to be tough and we knew we would have to come out strong. It was just a classic women’s lacrosse match.”

Oregon used a 5-0 run to lead Navy, 9-7, with nine minutes to go in the second half. Junior attacker Kathy Young (Villa Maria Academy) then scored on a free-position goal with eight minutes to go to pull Navy within one. Oregon ended up with the ball and junior defender Brijet Mall caused a turnover to get the ball back in Navy’s hands.

Junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo then scored her fourth goal of the day on a great spin dodge move to tie the game at 9-9 with just under five minutes to go. Oregon got the ensuing draw control but junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck made one of her 11 saves to stop the threat as the game moved to overtime, Navy’s first overtime contest of the season.

Women’s lacrosse overtimes are six minutes long but are split into two three-minute periods with the teams changing ends after three minutes. Oregon got the opening draw of the first segment of overtime and ran the clock down, but senior team captain Kierstin King caused a turnover with 45 seconds remaining before the overtime intermission.

Navy then brought the ball downfield as the clock was winding down and after moving the ball around, Gennaro ended up with the ball with less than 10 seconds to go. Gennaro drove at the net and ripped her shot on goal to give Navy the lead with just four seconds to go.

“I have faith in every one of those girls on the field and I know they have faith in me,” Gennaro said. “I figured there would be nothing left to lose with just four seconds left on the clock. I just turned and shot and hoped it would go in, and lucky for me, it did.”

Oregon got the first draw of the second segment of overtime and once again ran some time off the clock. Oregon had its best scoring opportunity with a free-position attempt, but Verbeeck stood tall by making yet another save to help ensure victory for the Mids.

Young’s free-position goal earlier in the game allowed her to become Navy’s all-time free-position goal leader for a single season (18) and career (37). Young had four draw controls and two ground balls.

Junior midfielder Beth Young (Villa Maria Academy) had a great all-around game with five ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover.

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