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Women’s lacrosse: Penn, Delaware, Villanova pick up wins

Saturday, 16th March 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/16/13
From Press Releases

It will be hard to decide a player of the game for Penn after its 12-8 win over Yale on Saturday in women’s lacrosse because there are many options.

Many times, a player who scores four goals would be an easy choice. Freshman Iris Williamson (Germantown Friends) scored four goals for the second game in a row, leading all Penn players in goals for the third match in a row.

Meredith Cain can answer the four-point outing from Williamson, though, with three goals and an assist. All of her points came in the second half, helping the Quakers expand upon a 4-3 halftime lead and pull away for the win.

Goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson was big at the key times, making eight saves, causing two turnovers and picking up two ground balls. Early in the second half with Penn ahead, 5-3, she made two quick saves on a free position and the subsequent rebound, starting transition which led to a quick goal from the Quakers to create true separation in the form of a three-goal lead.

However, those three would likely cede MVP honors to senior Caroline Bunting who had a career day. The veteran set a career high with seven points, scoring three goals and adding four assists. Her four helpers is also a career high, besting her previous total of three against Columbia in 2011. Bunting scored twice in the first half, then went for a goal and her four assists in the second half as Penn tried to take complete control of the game.

Penn improves to 2-0 inside the Ivy League and has won two games in a row after an 0-3 start. Yale drops to 4-3 overall and 0-2 inside the Ancient Eight.

Delaware 19, Lafayette 7

Five different players scored multiple goals and the Blue Hen offense produced its highest scoring output in five years.

Allison Hahn scored five goals for the second time in the last four games to match her career-high, Caitlin McCartney (Archbishop Wood) returned from a two-game absence due to an injury and scored four times, Chelsea Fay (Villa Maria Academy) notched her third hat trick of the season with three scores, and McKenzie Rafferty (Downingtown East) contributed three goals for the second straight game as the Hens put in a balanced effort.

Shannon Hawley also added two goals for the Blue Hens with Kara Dattellas and Abbie Hartman (North Penn) each scored a goal and dished out an assist. Hahn and McCartney also dished out assists. Shannon Burns (Springfield-Delco) won six draw controls and Angela Biciocchi forced three turnovers.

Delaware, coming off a big 10-9 win over No. 11 ranked Loyola Wednesday night, continued that momentum as the Hens won their second game and improved to 5-3, the team’s best eight-game start in three seasons under head coach Kateri Linville.

The 19 goals was the Blue Hens’ highest output since a 20-10 win over Villanova back on Apr. 25, 2008 and the 12-goal winning margin was the highest since a 17-5 win over St. Mary’s on March 29, 2011. Delaware has now scored 10 or more goals six times in eight outings this season.

Lafayette (6-3) got two goals each from Laura Kleiber and Addie Godrey while Ana White (Strath Haven) had a goal and dished out two assists.

Villanova 11, Davidson 7

Led by sophomore Jessica Mucci’s career-high eight points (three goals,five assists), the Wildcats (4-3) pieced together a victory over visiting Davidson on a snowy and rainy afternoon.

Classmate Jackie Froccaro contributed a hat trick and Elise bendinelli (Villa Maria Academy) added two goals as seven Wildcats posted points on the day.

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