Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/23/14
Junior attack Allison Brian (Hempfield) tied a career-high six goals, while senior attack Emily Ray scored a season-high five goals in the Philadelphia University women’s lacrosse team’s 21-9 win over Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Wilmington Tuesday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.
The CACC southern division champion Rams end the regular season with 15 straight wins as they improve to 15-1 overall and finish CACC play with a perfect 11-0 mark. Philadelphia—ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II North Region Rankings—has won 21 straight CACC regular season matches.
The Rams will face Dominican (N.Y.), the second seed in the northern division, in the semifinal round of the CACC Tournament on Saturday, April 26 at Chestnut Hill College.
Wilmington (9-8, 6-5 CACC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Megan Keffer recorded an unassisted goal at the 27:29 mark.
Philadelphia University had a conference-high six players named to the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women’s Lacrosse Team that was released by the conference office on Tuesday. Senior midfielder Libby Nichols (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh) was tabbed as the CACC Player of the Year and George Chis-Luca was selected as the conference Coach of the Year.
Joining Nichols of the All-CACC first team are sophomore midfielder Liz Mower (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) and senior defender Melissa Styer (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park). Junior attacks Allison Brian (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) and Lauren Hartman (Sewell, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy) were named to the second team. Grad student attack Kristen Blye (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) was an honorable mention selection.
Chis-Luca earns his second CACC Coach of the Year award after leading the Rams to a 15-1 overall record and a 11-0 mark against conference competition. The Rams—the southern division champion for the second straight season—won a program-record 15 consecutive matches. Philadelphia has one of the top offenses in Division II with the fourth-best goals-per-match average of 17.07. The Rams are currently sixth in the NCAA Division II North Region Rankings.
Nichols—a two-time All-CACC first team pick—is the third Ram to earn the player of the year award, the first since 2011. She is leading the conference with 6.0 draw controls per match, which is fourth in Division II. Nichols sits second in the CACC in draw controls (98), third in caused tunovers (33), fifth in points (60), sixth in goals (45), and seventh in assists (15). She was the CACC player of the week on April 7 and the defensive player of the week on March 17.
2014 CACC Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
A – Brigit LaRose, Holy Family Sr. Lumberton, N.J.
A – Allison Smithwick, Dominican Jr. Commack, N.Y.
A – Melissa Williams, Georgian Court So. Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.
M – Christina Brennan, Dominican So. Washington Twp., N.J.
M – Catherine Dee, Georgian Court Sr. Howell, N.J.
M – Rebekah McCurry, Wilmington Jr. St. Leonard, Md.
M – Liz Mower, Philadelphia U. So. Harleysville, Pa.
M – Libby Nichols, Philadelphia U. Sr. Ellicott City, Md.
D – Olivia Antonopoulos, Dominican Sr. Baldwin, N.Y.
D – Emily Gialanella, Georgian Court Jr. Toms River, N.J.
D – Melissa Styer, Philadelphia U. Sr. Severna Park, Md.
G – Stephanie Lehner, Georgian Court So. Howell, N.J.
A – Allison Brian, Philadelphia U. Jr. Lancaster, Pa.
A – Lauren Hartman, Philadelphia U. Jr. Sewell, N.J.
A – Paige Settar, Holy Family So. Mullica Hill, N.J.
M – Callie Brown, Georgian Court So. Toms River, N.J.
M – Megan Keffer, Wilmington Jr. Wilmington, Del.
M – Marissa Lawson, Holy Family Sr. York, Pa.
M – Lauren Lebo, Nyack So. West Simsbury, Conn.
M – Miranda Polaski, Post Jr. Agawam, Mass.
M – Gina Sparaco, Dominican Jr. Freeport, N.Y.
D – Alison Kern, Wilmington Sr. Middletown, Del.
D – Kimber Kisselback, Holy Family Jr. Langhorne, Pa.
D – KarlaAne Klouda, Chestnut Hill Sr. Belvidere, N.J.
G – Corinne Dries, Wilmington Sr. Bear, Del.
A – Kristen Blye, Philadelphia U. Fr. Chester Springs, Pa.
A – Brianna Lancetta, Holy Family Jr. Marlton, N.J.
M – Lea Sanders, Chestnut Hill Fr. North Merrick, N.Y.
D – Melanie Schaefer, Georgian Court So. Howell, N.J.
G – Brittany Kiernan, Dominican So. Clarkstown, N.Y.
Player of the Year: Libby Nichols, Philadelphia U.
Rookie of the Year: Alicia Herbert, Chestnut Hill (Fr., M, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.)
Coach of the Year: George Chis-Luca, Philadelphia U.
Team Sportsmanship Award: Nyack College