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Thursday’s college roundup: Philadelphia Univ., West Chester women triumph; Gwyynedd Mercy men win

Friday, 21st March 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/21/14

The Philadelphia University women’s lacrosse team pushed its winning streak to five matches after defeating visiting Holy Family, 21-15, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Thursday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

Philadelphia improves to 5-1 overall, 3-0 against the CACC. The Rams also increased their CACC regular season winning streak to 14. Holy Family is now 1-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Three days after recording nine points in the win over Dominican (N.Y.), sophomore attack Liz Mower (Souderton) tallied a career-high 10 points (four goals, six assists) and five draw controls against the Tigers.

It was the first time that a Ram recorded 10 points in a match since Taylor Peltzer’s 11-point performance (five goals, six assists) against Chestnut Hill in a 20-10 win on April 21, 2011.

Junior attack Allison Brian (Hempfield) found the back of the net a career-best six times, including the match-winning goal. Grad student midfielder Kristen Blye (Downingtown East) also tallied six points with three goals and three assists.

Senior midfielder Libby Nichols contributed five goals, seven draw controls, seven ground balls, and three caused turnovers.

Junior midfielder Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) added two goals, while junior attack Elizabeth Marrosu (Flemington, N.J./Immaculata) scored once.

Holy Family received five goals, one assist, seven ground balls, and five caused turnovers from Brigit LaRose (Holy Cross, NJ). Brianna Lancetta (Bishop Eustace), Paige Settar 9Clearview Regional), and Erin Harmer (Nazareth Academy) all scored two times.

West Chester 16, St. Thomas Aquinas 5

Sarah Dennison potted six goals and Erin Eckert scored three times in the second half to lead the sixth-ranked Golden Rams to a victory over visiting Saint Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) in a non-league match at Vonnie Gros Field.

West Chester (3-0) scored nine second-half markers to put the game away, after taking a 7-3 lead into the break. STAC (4-2) dropped its second straight affair, after opening the season with four straight wins.

Division III

Swarthmore 14, Widener 8

Seniors Corinne Sommi and Lucy Whitacre each found the back of the net four times to lift the Garnet to a victory over Widener in a 320 Challenge battle. With the win, The Garnet will enter conference play undefeated through six games for the first time since 2006.

After Swarthmore scored a pair of goals in less than two minutes, Widener (0-5) answered with five straight to take a three-goal lead. The Pride had five different players score a goal during the stretch, which was capped by a Megan Mills tally at the 18:47 mark. Senior Amy Albano added two assists during the hot streak for the visitors.

The Garnet, however, stormed back and rattled off eight straight goals to seize control. Sophomore Elizabeth Upton started the rally with a free position goal with 16:37 on the clock and also set up a marker by classmate Antonia Violante with 2:09 to play. Sommi then found the back of the net to give the hosts a 9-5 lead at the recess.

Swarthmore (6-0) finished its eight-goal outburst when Sommi scored again on an unassisted play just 1:37 into the second half. Widener’s Mackenzie Lindquist (Ocean City, NJ; two goals and four draw controls) had an answer at the other end, but Whitacre followed with two straight goals to make it 12-6 with 21:21 left and put the game out of reach. The senior later found freshman Briana Narzikul at the 7:49 mark to seal the final outcome.

The Garnet had a 17-13 edge in ground balls and outshot the Pride by a narrow count of 28-25. Connie Bowen was credited with the win between the pipes, while Michelle Ammerman made eight saves in relief in the second half. Senior Caroline Murphy (Strath Haven), Whitacre and Narzikul won three draw controls apiece, and Murphy also finished with three ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers. Widener won 14 of the 24 draw controls, which included getting four from Lindquist.

Bryn Mawr 16, Lancaster Bible 1

Senior Kathleen Magner scored a game-high six goals as the Owls coasted.

Fort Lewis 15, Albright 9
TCNJ 11, Gettysburg 10
Rutgers-Camden 15, Penn St.-Abington 4

Division III

Gwynedd Mercy 21, Western Conn. St. 10

Senior Mason Risner (Hempfield) scored seven times, the second-most in single game history, just one shy of the all-time record got the Griffins (4-2). Juniors Nico Belardo (Columbus, N.J./Northern Burlington) netted four goals and added three assists and Matt Richter (Boyertown) had three goals and three helpers. Sophomore Tony McCraw (Central Dauphin East) also recorded a hat trick.



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