Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/23/15
The Lafayette women’s lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-2 edge into the halftime break and worked its cushion to the final buzzer for its first Patriot League win of the year over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon at Fisher Stadium.
The Leopards came out of the gates on fire, scoring seven of the game’s first eight goals with two each coming off the sticks of sophomores Amanda Case (Haverford High) and Maggie Carver. The Crusaders’ Laura Ryan stopped a five-goal Lafayette run at the 4:49 mark of the first half, but Case added her third of the opening 30 minutes to push the edge to 8-2 at the intermission.
Holy Cross came out in the second half with renewed energy, scoring two quick goals to pull within four with 21:16 to play. The teams traded goals over the next six minutes before two tallies from Tess MacKay and Lissie Russert made it a three-goal game with 10:39 remaining.
A big save from freshman Anna Raymond with nine minutes left led to a Case tally, her fifth of the afternoon at the 7:28 mark, a sequence that sufficiently shifted momentum in the Leopards’ favor. Rath added an insurance tally at 3:20 and Holy Cross put the final score in with 2:29 to play, making the end result a 13-9 Leopard victory.
With the victory, Lafayette moves to 2-8 overall on the season and 1-3 in Patriot League play, while Holy Cross falls to 2-2 in conference action and 2-8 overall. The Maroon and White led the way in shots (22-16) and ground balls (19-12), and forced the Crusaders into 20 turnovers on the afternoon. Holy Cross held a 13-11 edge in draw controls, but were 0-for-3 on free-position attempts.
Case led the way for the Lafayette attack with five goals and an assist for six points on the day, while Carver and fellow sophomores Charlotte Rath (Archmere Academy) and Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) all recorded a pair of markers for the Maroon and White. Another of the stellar sophomore class, Ashley Tedesco chipped in with two assists on the day.
Penn State 10, Drexel 3
The No. 11 Penn State women’s lacrosse team never trailed in a victory at Drexel. Junior midfielder Madison Cyr tallied a game-high three goals as Penn State out-shot Drexel, 35-12.
The Nittany Lions dominated play with a wide margin in the shot column, but were frustrated by Drexel goalkeeper Teresha Bradley (Rancocas Valley) who made 14 saves to keep the Dragons in contention. Penn State (6-3) opened a 3-0 lead early in the opening eight minutes before Drexel (2-7) got on the board.
Jess Loizeaux (Clearview Regional), Kelly Lechner and Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) registered the first three goals before Drexel’s Milan White (two goals, Pottstown) scored with 20:14 remaining in the first.
Shepherd 20, Chestnut Hill 9
Holy Family 16, Georgian Court 12
Junior Paige Settar (MClearview Regional) had a career night as she totaled nine points to help lead Holy Family in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest on Sunday night at Shamrock Field on the campus of Camden Catholic High School.
Holy Family improves to 3-3 overall and remains undefeated in conference play at 2-0 after the victory. Georgian Court is now 1-5 overall and 0-2 in CACC action.
Settar led the Holy Family offense with a career-high seven goals; one shy of the program record for most goals in a single game. She also tallied a pair of assists to go along with a team-high five ground balls and four draw controls. With her seven goal performance, Settar is now seven goals shy of becoming the fifth player in program history to score 100 career goals.
Junior Erin Harmer (Nazareth Academy) finished with three goals and one assist, while fellow classmate Nicole Braungart (Bishop Eustace) scored a season-high four goals to go along with one assist.
Arcadia 18, Misericordia 11
Junior Adeline Bellesheim scored three goals and added three assists for a game-high six points to lead Arcadia to a non-conference victory. The Knights improved to 7-1 with their third consecutive win, while the Cougars fell to 2-5.
Nazareth 11, Cabrini 9
The No. 10 Cavs could not carry the momentum from Saturday’s win over No. 3 Stevenson, as they fell to 4-4 with a loss to Nazareth College at the Greene Turtle Classic at Stevenson University.
Senior Mike Leyden (haverford High) led the Blue and White with a season high six points on three goals and three assists. Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) recorded three goals and a helper.
Lebanon Valley 18, Neumann 2