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Wednesday’s women’s roundup: @LehighWLax tops California; @PennStateWLax tops @DrexelWLax

Thursday, 27th March 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/27/14

Trailing 6-2 five minutes into the second half, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team rallied to outscore visiting California 7-1 over the final 25 minutes of the game to capture a 9-7 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks improve to 5-5 with the win, while the Bears fall to 2-5.

Junior Carli Sukonik (Harriton) led the Lehigh offense with four goals, followed by sophomore Kendall Garden and freshman Allison LaBeau with two apiece. Garden enjoyed a strong all-around game with a career-high five caused turnovers, four groundballs and two assists.

Sukonik started the scoring with an unassisted at the 25:18 mark of the first half before Cal answered with four straight goals over the next 14 minutes. Sukonik broke the Golden Bears’ streak with just over five minutes to play in the first half with a goal assisted by Garden as Lehigh went into halftime trailing 4-2.

Cal’s Paige Gasparino scored on a free position shot before Bella Huther added another goal just 16 seconds later as the clock read 26:02 with the Golden Bears leading 6-2. Senior Chelsea Retaleato converted a pass from Garden five minutes later. It sparked a 3-0 run for the Mountain Hawks that saw goals from Garden and LaBeau as Lehigh pulled within one at 6-5 with 16:54 to play.

Three minutes later, Cal put another on the board to extend its lead to 7-5, but LaBeau responded 45 seconds later with a goal off a free position shot. Two more free position shots were converted into Lehigh goals, from Sukonik and Garden, as Lehigh was able to take an 8-7 lead with 6:58 on the clock. Sukonik added an insurance goal on a pass from freshman Lauren Beausoleil at the 4:36 mark before the Mountain Hawk defense shut down Cal to claim the 9-7 win.

Penn St. 21, Drexel 8

The No. 11/12 Lions jumped out to a six-goal lead and never looked back in a victory against intrastate rival Drexel in a non-conference matchup at Holuba Hall.

The Nittany Lions secured their first five-game winning streak since 2011 as they improved to 7-3, while Drexel dropped to 4-6. Penn State, which improved to 4-0 all-time against the Dragons, totaled at least 20 goals for the second straight game and third time this season, and held its opponent to eight goals or fewer in four straight games.

Twelve Nittany Lions – led by sophomore Madison Cyr’s game-high five points (4g, 1a) – recorded at least one point. Cyr’s four markers matched her career high, while older sister Mackenzie Cyr added a goal and three assists. The senior attacker now boasts 95 career assists on her résumé as she closes in on third place (98) on the program’s all-time list.

Penn State dominated the Dragons in all aspects of the game, holding advantages in shots (34-14), ground balls (18-13), draw controls (16-13) and caused turnovers (13-9). The Nittany Lions went 7-for-8 on clears and converted on all four free-position attempts. Senior defender Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham) secured a career-high five caused turnovers, and goalkeeper Emi Smith earned the victory with the start. Freshman Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) made two saves in the second half.

Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley) and Natalie Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) each scored once for Penn State.

Emily Kellett (Methacton) and Joelle Hartke each scored twice for Drexel.

Princeton 15, Columbia 5
Monmouth 11, Saint Joseph’s 10, 2 OT

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