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Women’s lacrosse roundup: @NovaWLax downs @DrexelWLax; @PennWomensLax wins

Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/5/14

The Villanova women’s lacrosse team (3-1) scored five unanswered goals to start the game as the Wildcats defeated Drexel (2-3), 9-5, Wednesday afternoon.

The Wildcat offense started the game hot. Senior attack Ali Judge got Villanova on the board first at 25:08. Freshman defender Mariah Salerno scored twice, once on a free position shot, while sophomore midfielders Tierney Griff and Shannon Galvin added goals to put the score at 5-0.

The Dragons’ Amanda Norcini (Conestoga) scored on a free position shot with two seconds left in the first half to five Drexel a score headed into halftime.

Galvin and Judge each scored their second goals of the game to start the second half, putting the Wildcats up 7-1. Drexel responded with a goal at 18:45.

The teams remained scoreless for the next 10 minutes before junior attack Jessica Mucci scored at 8:21. The Dragons began to heat up offensively, scoring three straight goals to cut the Wildcat lead to four.

Sophomore attack Chelsey Henderson scored with 2:35 left in the game to cement the 9-5 win for Villanova.

Mucci finished with three points (1G, 2A) to lead scoring for both teams. Kelly palace added two goals for the Dragons.

In her second collegiate start, sophomore goalkeeper Jaclyn Fraum made seven saves, all in the second half. Villanova was 15-of-15 on clears in the game and led 20-15 in shots. The Wildcats also held a 16-14 advantage in ground balls.

The Wildcats begin a three-game road stint this Saturday, March 8, at Delaware at 1 p.m.

Penn 6, Rutgers 3

The Quakers held Rutgers scoreless over 40:24 of game play, posting a shutout for nearly the entire second half before the Scarlet Knights finally found a third goal with 1:25 to play. By that point, Penn had scored four in a row to turn a 2-2 halftime tie into a 6-2 lead and had iced the contest.

Two of the goals in the second half for the Quakers came off the stick of Lindsey Smith (Unionville) as the senior scored her first two of the season, including the eventual game-winner with 18:09 to play.

James Madison 11, Penn State 10

Stephanie Finley (Sacred Heart) tallied a game-high five goals, including the game-winner, to lead No. 19 James Madison to an upset of No. 9 Penn State at University Park.

The Dukes rallied from an early 4-0 deficit for the comeback victory, their second straight rally for a win over a top-10 foe after defeating then-No. 5 Loyola (Md.), 8-7 last Saturday.

Senior Mackenzie Cyr notched a team-high three points (1g, 2a) for Penn State, while junior Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) and sophomore Madison Cyr added a goal and an assist each. Goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown), who corralled a team-high four ground balls, made eight saves.

Georgetown 11, Duke 10

Kelyn Freedman (Radnor) had two goals as the No. 14 Hoyas upset No. 6 Duke.

Taylor Trimble (Episcopal Academy) scored once for the Blue Devils.

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