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Philly women’s D1 roundup: @DelawareWLax, @LehighWLacrosse, @DrexelWLax, @PennWomensLax win

Saturday, 8th March 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/8/14

Sophomores Casey Lyons and Lauren VanDaniker combined for 11 points as the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team came back from a halftime deficit to defeat Villanova University, 11-8, Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

The duo, which teamed up to score seven goals and four assists, also paired on three separate occasions with VanDaniker earning an assist on three of Lyons’ five goals.

With her five goals, Lyons tallied her third hat trick of the season and second consecutive game with five scores.

Villanova (3-2) held a 5-4 halftime lead and the two teams exchanged goals to open the second half before Delaware (3-3) scored five of the next six goals en route to victory.

Senior Chelsea Fay (Villa Maria Academy) also posted a multiple-goal day with two of her own. Fellow senior Abbie Hartman (North Penn) and junior Caitlin McCartney (Archbishop Wood) each recorded two points on one goal and one assist for the Hens.

Senior Tori Zorovich earned her first start of the season and collected five saves to earn the victory.

Meghan Breen led the Wildcats with four points off three goals and one assist while Kelsey Denihan also registered a hat trick with three goals. Hannah Goforth (Bishop Shanahan) scored once. Jaclyn Fraum tallied nine saves in the loss.

Lehigh 10, Bucknell 4

Senior goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick made a career-high 17 saves, including stopping 11-of-13 in the second half as the Mountain Hawks defeated the Bison in their Patriot League opener.
The Bison scored first, but the Mountain Hawks answered with six straight goals to open a commanding lead. Freshman Krista Dampman and sophomore Kendall Garden each netted a hat trick in the victory.

Fitzpatrick’s 17 saves broke her previous career high of 16 set her freshman year at Temple.

Garden continued her strong all-around play with three goals (including two in Lehigh’s 6-0 run), three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Dampman scored three of Lehigh’s final four goals of the game. Sophomore Megan Paytas added two goals and an assist while junior Carli Sukonik had a goal and assist.

Drexel 9, UMBC 8

The Dragons jumped all over visiting UMBC early and held on late to snap a three-game losing skid. Dragons led 4-0 before letting UMBC get on the board, then endured a 22:55 scoring drought as the Retrievers evened things up. Drexel never trailed in the game.

Kelly Palace scored three goals to lead the Dragons (3-3), including two in the final 12:35 of play to provide the eventual game-winners. Emily Duffey (Lenape) added two scores. Teresha Bradley (Rancocas Valley)stopped nine Retriever shots, including several from point blank range. It was her second-highest save total of the young season.

Drexel controlled play, winning 16 of the game’s 19 draw controls. Milan White (Pottstown), who took the draws for the Dragons, came up with five herself, as did Amanda Norcini (Conestoga). Nevertheless, 15 Drexel turnovers kept the Retrievers in the contest.

Penn State 18, Loyola 11

Paced by sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr’s career-high six points (4g, 2a), the No. 9/9 Lions rolled past No. 12/12 Loyola.

The Nittany Lions, who evened their all-time series with the Greyhounds at 14 wins apiece, improved to 3-3 overall (0-0 ALC) with their first victory against Loyola (2-4, 0-0 Patriot League) since 2010.

Cyr, who matched her career high in assists (2) and added a pair of caused turnovers and a ground ball, dominated the Greyhounds all over the field as she set personal bests in goals (4), points (6) and draw controls (5). Both midfielders Kelly Lechner and Jenna Mosketti netted four-goal games, while freshman Abby Smucker notched her first three-marker performance.

In addition, senior attacker Mackenzie Cyr and junior attacker Maggie McCormick added a goal and three assists each, while classmate Jess Loizeaux (Clearview Regional) collected a three-point game (1g, 2a). In all, seven Nittany Lions recorded at least three points.

On the defensive side, sophomore midfielder Ally Heavens’ (Garnet Valley) career-high four ground balls paced the team, while senior Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham) secured a personal best in caused turnovers (3). Freshman goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) turned aside six shots as she earned the win, while junior Natalia Angelo made one stop in relief.

Hannah Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) had a goal and an assist for Loyola.

Penn 9, Harvard 4

Another stifling defensive effort and a hat trick from freshman Sarah Barcia (three goals) led the Quakers to a win in their Ivy opener at Franklin Field.

Penn (3-1, 1-0 Ivy) improved to 48-2 in its last 50 Ivy League contests and head coach Karin Corbett tied a school record with her 151st career win at Penn. Harvard fell to 2-2 on the year and 1-1 in Ivy play.

Tory Bensen added two goals and two assists and Lindsey Smith (Unionville) had two goals for Penn.

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