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Women’s D1 lacrosse: St. Joe’s tops La Salle, 13-10; Penn, Delaware, Drexel win

Friday, 12th April 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/12/13

Trailing 7-6 at the half, the St. Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team ignited for a 7-2 run in the second half to earn its second Atlantic 10 win of the season as the Hawks defeated La Salle, 13-10, on Friday afternoon at Finnesey Field.

The win marks the first time since 2009 that the Hawks have won two Atlantic 10 games in one season as Saint Joseph’s now stands at 8-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.

Junior attack Abby Ananian, sophomore midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester East), and freshman attack Emily Bowers led the offense with three goals apiece while freshman goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (7-5, 2-2 A-10) made 11 saves in between the pipes for the win.

Katelyn Fay (Henderson) led La Salle (8-5, 0-4) with four goals and Lauren McDermott (North Penn) had two goals.

Penn 8, Dartmouth 7

The Quakers knocked Dartmouth from the ranks of the Ivy unbeatens with a win at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field. The win keeps the Quakers unblemished in Ancient Eight play at 5-0, while Dartmouth slips to 4-1. The Red and Blue will host the other team undefeated in conference play – Princeton – on Wednesday night.

As is usually the case when the Quakers and Big Green meet, goals were at a premium as the two goalkeepers made save after save. The Quakers didn’t score their first goal of the game until 16:48 had been played – but that goal was good enough to tie as Dartmouth had managed just one score of its own.

The Red and Blue wouldn’t take a lead until Caroline Bunting scored with 1:01 to play in the first half to give the Quakers a 4-3 lead, but Penn would never relinquish that lead, fighting to the finish in a physical, grueling contest which came down the last second.

Caroline Bunting’s third goal of the game came with 7:16 to play and provided Penn with an 8-6 lead. Dartmouth would win the draw control and give itself four chances to quickly get within one goal. The Big Green drew a pair of free positions with just under six minutes to play, but the angles were not good enough for a shot attempt. After cycling the ball around, Liz Calby came up with two shots in a span of 16 seconds – each denied by Lucy Ferguson from point-blank range.

Maddie Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) scored twice for the Quakers and Iris Williamson (Germantown Friends) scored once while Allie Martin (Radnor) and Kelly McCallion (Notre Dame) helped lead the defense.

Delaware 8, Old Dominion 7

Old Dominion gave the Blue Hens a scare, but junior Chelsea Fay (Villa Maria Academy) and sophomore Caitlin McCartney (Archbishop Wood) each tallied hat tricks at Delaware Stadium as the Blue Hens prevailed.

McCartney collected the eighth hat trick of the season and the 14th of her career with three goals, including the game-winner with 4:16 left to play. The midfielder added a team-best three groundballs in addition to controlling two draws.

Fay also netted three goals for her sixth hat trick of the year and two groundballs while controlling a game-high four draws and causing three ODU turnovers.

Drexel 10, George Mason 5

The Dragons defeated George Mason after a strong performance in the final 30 minutes of play at Vidas Field.

The Patriots tied the score at three, 3-3, just 11 seconds before half time. Drexel came out firing in the second half outscoring George Mason, 7-2. Senior co-captains Alyse Maiden (Washington Township) and Kelli Joran (Downingtown East) led the offense with three goals each, while goalkeeper Teresha Bradley (Rancocas Valley) paced the defense with eight blocked shots. The Dragons improved to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

UMass 12, Temple 10

After climbing back from a big early deficit, Temple could not overcome the efforts of #13 Massachusetts’ Katie Ferris, who scored all six of her team’s second-half goals. The Owls (8-5, 3-1) were previously undefeated in the Atlantic 10, as was UMass ,who stays perfect at 4-0 along with a 12-2 overall record.

Jaymie Tabor (Downingtown West) was outstanding for the Owls, scoring five goals in her first appearance in a conference game this season. She suffered a concussion at Delaware back on March 27 and had not seen game action since. Kellee Pace (Chichester) and Kelly Syphard scored two goals apiece, while Stephany Parcell (Interboro) recorded a goal along with three assists.

Senior goalkeeper Meghan Clothier, the reigning A-10 Defensive Player of the Week, tied her career high with 10 saves. She made seven of those in an impressive first-half effort to keep the Owls from falling even further behind than they did. Clothier was not the only Owl with a strong defensive game, as Nina Falcone recorded five caused turnovers along with three ground balls.

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