Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/13
The Haverford College women’s lacrosse team saw its record-breaking season come to end on Saturday afternoon as the Fords fell, 15-7, to sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall College in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference tournament hosted by top seed Gettysburg College.
Having attained its highest conference finish in program history, the third-seeded Fords (13-5) looked to make some noise in the conference tournament but the No. 2 seed Diplomats (14-3), a five-time winner of the conference crown, presented a challenge.
Franklin & Marshall’s stingy defense, ranked 34th in the nation, was on display early in the contest as the Diplomats moved out to a 5-1 lead at the midway point of the first half. Diana Perry’s 59th of the season, a free position goal, brought Haverford to within three, 5-2, with 10 minutes remaining until the break but F&M struck for back-to-back goals in the next six minutes to go ahead 7-2 with four minutes left on the first-half clock.
Perry was not finished, however, as she tallied the final two goals of the opening period to cut the Diplomats’ advantage to three once more.
The Dips surged again in the first 10 minutes after intermission with four consecutive goals. Junior Megan Gallagher’s 36th of the season off a feed from freshman Christina Gould disrupted F&M’s streak and brought the Fords within six, 11-5, at the 20-minute mark.
Registering 40 shots on the afternoon, Franklin & Marshall continued its relentless attack and closed out the contest with four of the final six goals of the game.
Capping one of the finest individual seasons in program history, Perry finished with three goals to reach 61 on the season. Senior Kenny Likes, in her final game in a Haverford uniform, added two goals and one assist. Gallagher and Elyse Adler accounted for a goal apiece while Adler also chipped in with an assist.
Diplomats’ goalie Kelsey Hoffman (14-3), ranked first in the conference in save percentage, registered nine saves in the victory but it was Fords goalie Shannon Horn (12-5) that shined in defeat. Horn came through with a career-high 16 saves in the final game of her first season as Haverford’s starter.
The Fords, with just three seniors on the roster, closed out a memorable season as they set a new program mark with seven Centennial wins on the season and tied the program record for overall wins (13).
The loss brings an end to the careers of Likes, Perrin Downing and Grace Stockbower (Upper Dublin).
F&M – which got two goals from Maggie Mae Shields (Baldwin School) – moves on to battle top seed Gettysburg at 1 p.m. on Sunday for the conference crown. It will be the 10th time the two squads have met for the Centennial title.
FDU-Florham 15, Arcadia 10
The Knights had their season come to an end in a loss to the Devils in the MAC Freedom Championship Game. FDU scored seven unanswered goals in the first half to take a 7-1 lead that the Knights couldn’t recover from.
Arcadia struck first as Meghan Fallon scored from Jenna Crothers at the 29:10 mark. FDU-Florham then scored the next seven goals to take a 7-1 lead at the 15:51 mark. Fallon made it 7-2 at 15:23. but the Devils scored the next two for a 9-2 lead. At 8:35 Dawn Faranetta scored on a free position shot to make the score 9-3. FDU-Florham made it 10-3, but Haylee Molloy scored at 1:49 to make the halftime score 10-4.
Faranetta scored to start the second half and cut the deficit to 10-5. The Devlis make it 11-5, but Fallon scored to make the score 11-6. FDU scored at 17:46 to take a 12-6 lead. Fallon scored again to make it 12-7 and Faranetta scored to make it 12-8 at 12:59.
The Devils scored at 12:20 for 13-8 advantage, but Crothers then made it 13-9 at the 12:08 mark. FDU then scored two straight to up their advantage to six goals at 15-9 with 8:44 left to play. Faranetta cut the deficit to five at 15-10 with 4:55 to play. FDU played the stall game for the remainder of the half and won the Championship Game 15-10.
Fallon scored four goals in her final game as a Knight. Faranetta also scored four times. Jordyn Dunacusky (Plymouth Whitemarsh) made seven saves in goal for the Knights.
LIU Post 17, Chestnut Hill College 5
Senior midfielder Michael Duddy scored twice in the first quarter to keep the Griffins within four early, 6-2, but first-place LIU Post (11-2, 7-0) remained perfect in the ECC.
Chestnut Hill College closes its season at 7-6 overall and 4-3 in the league.
Duddy added eight ground balls to his three-point performance. His effort was supported by an assist and two ground balls from senior attack Craig Owen (Haverford School) and versatile contribution from senior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Parkland), who came through with three ground balls on six face-off wins (6-for-13, 46.2%) while also causing a turnover. Senior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer collected three ground balls and made seven saves.