Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/18/14
From Press Releases
La Salle staked out an early 4-0 lead and never trailed today as the Explorers stifled crosstown rival Saint Joseph’s 9-4 in a matchup critical for Atlantic 10 Tournament hopes.
The squad honored its eight seniors prior to the game, including manager Allie Aughe, Kaitlin Colbridge (North Penn), Kelly Collins (Marple Newtown), Jackie Donato (Bishop Shanahan), Katie Marasco, Tori Mitros (Garnet Valley), Maggie O’Ferrall and Savanna Smith. All seven players got the start today, and were on the field when Caitlyn Brostrand (Camden Catholic) netted the game’s first goal just 47 seconds into the contest.
Brostrand led the Explorers (9-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10) with four points on two goals and two assists. Katelyn Fay (Henderson) added two goals and an assist, while Toni Massetti (Kennett), Erin McCabe, Allie Burnett, Allee Ilgenfritz and Alanna Diffendal each scored one apiece. Kelly Furman (Boyertown) added an assist.
Colbridge was terrific on defense, scooping up a game-high six ground balls. Marasco recorded a game-best three caused turnovers and added one draw control. Fay snagged a game-high three draw controls as the Explorers doubled up the Hawks in that category, 10-5.
“We felt that we had a great game plan going into the game and I think the team did a nice job executing on that plan,” Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. “We unfortunately lost Toni Massetti early in the game and losing a dynamic player like her usually leads to a momentum shift. However we were able to regroup and had some other players step up in her absence.”
“I am really proud of our D unit today as they were disciplined when they needed to be and still made some huge plays,” she added. “What a great way to honor our seniors by earning a win against an A10 rival, I couldn’t be happier and more proud of them!”
Four different Hawks (4-10, 1-4 Atlantic 10) scored goals, while Courtney Emanuele recorded two assists.
After Brostrand’s first goal at 29:13, Massetti drained one at 26:21. Fay added her team-leading 27th goal of the season at 23:30 and Brostrand scored her second to put the squad up 4-0 at 22:41.
The Hawks did not get on the board until 9:57, when Hannah Hutchins took a pass from Kelly Phelan for a woman-down goal.
Ilgenfritz answered just under two minutes later, scoring on a breakaway to put the Explorers up 5-1 which held for the half.
Fay got the scoring started after the break, scoring her second of the game at 25:51 to take a 6-1 lead. SJU’s Julia Falcone scored just under a minute later on Emanuele’s pass at 24:58.
The Explorer bench went crazy a few seconds later when Brostrand found Burnett in front of the net for the score at 24:01. That marked Burnett’s first career goal and put the Explorers ahead 7-2.
The teams played back-and-forth ball for another 10 minutes until SJU strung together back-to-back goals at 15:35 and 10:57 to get within 7-4.
That proved the final goal for the Hawks as the Explorer defense once again went to work. McCabe added a score at 7:23 and Diffendal drained a woman-up goal at 2:06 for the final 9-4 tally.
Smith got the Senior Day start in goal, playing about a minute and a half on either end of the game and making a great save at the end of the game. Rookie keeper Gabby Antonelli got the win, playing 57:07 and making five saves in that span.
Genevieve Giblin suffered the loss in goal for the Hawks, also making five saves.
La Salle outshot St. Joe’s 21-16 and dominated on draw controls, 10-5. The Hawks held a 19-18 edge on ground balls, and both squads were even on turnovers and clear attempts.
The Explorers wrap up the regular season next weekend on the road, taking on George Washington on Friday at 4 p.m. and George Mason on Sunday at 1 p.m.
James Madison 17, Drexel 7
Emily Duffey (Lenape) had three goals for the Dragons (6-8, 1-2) and Kelly Palace added two goals in the CAA defeat.