Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/21/13
After spotting St. Bonaventure an early 1-0 lead, the La Salle lacrosse team responded with three straight goals and never again trailed in a 15-10 win over the Bonnies in the season finale for both squads today.
Katelyn Fay (Henderson) led the attack with a career-best five goals. Senior Lauren McDermott (North Penn) added four goals and classmate Melanie Sarcinello (Marple Newtown) added three in their final game in an Explorer uniform. Caitlyn Brostrand (Camden Catholic) drained two goals and Maggie O’Ferrall added one to round out the Explorers’ scoring.
The Explorers wrapped up their season with a 10-6 record to tie last year’s record for wins in a season. They conclude the Atlantic 10 schedule with a 2-5 record in league play.
Delaware 7, Hofstra 5
The goal of winning a Colonial Athletic Association title remained alive for the Blue Hens as they overtook Hofstra in the regular season finale at Delaware Stadium.
Delaware, which finished regular season CAA play with a 4-3 record, did all it could do to remain in the hunt for post-season play. The Hens now need Hofstra (9-7, 3-3 CAA) to lose next Saturday against Drexel (11-5, 4-2 CAA) in order to earn the final spot in the CAA Tournament, which will be held May 3-5 at the site of the regular season champion.
With the win, Delaware wraps up the regular season with a 10-6 record, the best mark since the Blue Hens posted a 10-8 record during the 2009 campaign. The record also marks the first career 10-win season for UD’s third-year head coach Kateri Linville.
Junior Chelsea Fay (Villa Maria Academy) and freshman Kara Dattellas paced the UD offense with two goals apiece. Each also added one draw control while Dattellas caused one Hofstra turnover.
Penn State 15, Johns Hopkins 14
Junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr scored the game-winning goal with 31 seconds remaining as the Nittany Lions clinched a share of its first ALC regular-season championship with a victory against No. 19 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field.
The Nittany Lions (11-4, 4-1 ALC), who won their fourth straight game, earned their first 4-1 conference season since 2006 and secured the No. 3 seed for the upcoming ALC championships, to be held May 2-5 in Baltimore, Md. Penn State, which shared the ALC crown with Florida and Northwestern, will face sixth-seeded Vanderbilt in the opening round of the ALC tournament May 2.
After trailing by a 14-11 margin, Penn State ended the game on a 4-0 run as it edged the Blue Jays in its ALC finale. Freshman Madison Cyr, who scored twice, sparked the comeback with a man-up, free-position marker before sophomore midfielder Kelly Lechner netted two of her career-high five goals to tie the game at 14-14.
With the game tied, Johns Hopkins controlled the ensuing draw, but freshman Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley) drew a charge near the Nittany Lion cage to give Penn State possession. With the clock winding down, sophomore attacker Maggie McCormick fed a cutting Mackenzie Cyr, who fired a left-handed shot past Johns Hopkins’ (9-6, 1-3 ALC) Cosette Larash for the winning tally. Penn State’s 15-14 lead was only its third of the game and first since it was 6-5.
Georgetown 6, Villanova 5
The Hoyas (11-3; 5-1) earned a tight victory at Villanova (5-9; 0-6). The Hoyas and Wildcats were tied at five with 12 minutes to play before Rosie Corcoran scored the game winner with over nine minutes remaining. It was the 10th consecutive win for the Hoyas over the Wildcats but the closest margin since an 11-10 Hoya win in 1997.
Jackie Froccaro had four goals for the Wildcats.
Towson 14, Drexel 8
Emily Duffey and Kristin Kopenhaver each had two goals for the Dragons, who dropped a CAA decision at Towson.
The Dragons scored six goals in the second half, however, were unable to come back from an early Towson run that set Drexel back five points at half. Towson outshot the Dragons, 28-20, while Drexel held a 13-11 advantage in draw controls. The Dragons fell to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Tigers improved to 6-1 in the league.
Richmond 16, Temple 15
It took until the final game of the regular season before Temple lacrosse finally dropped a game at home, as the Owls came up just one goal short in a loss to Richmond (7-10, 4-3).
Temple (9-7, 4-3) has almost certainly clinched a berth in next weekend’s Atlantic 10 Tournament, but the official bracket will be released later today.
The tournament will be held at the University of Massachusetts, with semifinals set for Friday, April 26 and the final set for Sunday, April 28.
The Owls honored six seniors for Senior Day prior to the game, and three of those seniors combined for nine of Temple’s 15 goals. Senior Stephany Parcell (Interboro) led the charge with four goals, while senior Charlotte Swavola (Cheltenham) also notched a hat trick with three goals. Both Parcell and Swavola also recorded an assist.
Rachel Schwaab added an assist to two goals, while Kirstie Connor and senior Kellee Pace (Chichester) scored two goals apiece. Senior Meghan Clothier made five saves for Temple while playing 54 minutes in the cage.
George Washington 12, St. Joseph’s 8
The Hawks (8-8, 2-5 A-10) dropped an Atlantic 10 games in its season finale at Finnesey Field.
George Washington (9-7, 4-3 A-10) went on a 4-0 run that spanned the first seven minutes of the first half before junior attack Abby Ananian (two goals, one assist) got the Hawks on the board with her first tally of the day at the 21:30 mark.
From there, the Colonials would explode for a 5-0 run off of a combined four goals from Nicole Lacey and Rachel Mia to take a 9-1 lead with just over 15 minutes left in the half.
Junior midfielder Val Paolucci (Springfield-Delco, three goals) then went on her own 3-0 run, all unassisted tallies, with two late first-half goals (7:20, 4:08) and another just 40 seconds into the second to bring the Hawks to within five goals, 9-4, at the 29:20 mark.
Philadelphia 12, Georgian Court 10
Shepherd 16, Chestnut Hill 13
Lock Haven 11, West Chester 6