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Women’s lacrosse: @Lasallelacrosse, @LafayetteWLax earn wins; @PennStateWLax falls

Sunday, 23rd February 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/23/14
From Press Releases

La Salle’s women’s lacrosse team used a four-goal run late in the second half to break open the game en route to a 14-8 win at Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon.

Erin McCabe drained five goals and added one assist to lead the Explorers to their third straight win to open the 2014 season, marking the first time in program history that the squad started 3-0.

Claire Andrews added a four-point day on three goals and one assist, and Katelyn Fay (Henderson) also drained three goals. Alanna Diffendal chipped in two goals and an assist, and Anna Kelly rounded out the scoring with one goal and one assist.

Claire Healy led the Blue Devils (0-1) with three goals.

“In a game where we were missing key players and not playing our best, I’m happy that the team found a way to win,” Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. “We knew with the absence of [Caitlyn] Brostrand and [Katie] Marasco that we would need some players to step up and Erin McCabe rose to the occasion. We really relied on a total team effort and we were pleased with the depth we showed and the sparks from [Alanna] Diffendal and [Anna] Kelly off the bench.

Brostrand (Camden Catholic) and Marasco were sidelined due to injuries sustained against Temple on Wednesday.

Gabby Antonelli picked up her third win in goal, making eight saves. Morgan Tullar took the loss in goal for CCSU, making 10 saves.

Lafayette 16, Wagner 6

Lafayette opened up an 8-4 halftime advantage and never looked back as the Leopards cruised to the 16-6 victory over host Wagner.

Senior Ana White (Strath Haven) and freshman Amanda Case (Haverford High) led the Lafayette (1-2) offense combining for nine goals in the win. White had five tallies and one assist, while Case found the back of the net four times. Senior Laura Kleiber and sophomore Kristen Mignon both had two goals, and fellow sophomore Charlotte Avallone, and freshmen Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) and Alexis Thompson each had one tally in the victory.

Senior Meghan Curtin (Penn Charter) picked up her first win of the season between the pipes as she allowed six goals and made four saves.

The Seahawks got on the board first with a quick goal from Gegan. But Lafayette responded, as White tallied back-to-back goals and Avallone found the back of the cage to put Lafayette up 3-1. After a Wagner goal, the Leopards converted on three straight free position shots from Thompson, Kleiber, and White to push the lead to 6-2. The Maroon & White’s lead eventually grew to 8-4 before the break.

After halftime, Gretchen Fay scored for Wagner to make it 8-5 with 26:50 left to play. However, Lafayette rattled off eight straight tallies with Case scoring three times while White and Mignon both tallied two goals each to make it 16-5 en route to the 16-6 win.

Maryland 14, Penn State 7

Freshman midfielder Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) led Penn State with a pair of goals each, but the No. 8/7 Penn State women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 3/2 Maryland, 14-7, at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.

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