Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/19/15
The 10th-ranked Nittany Lion women’s lacrosse team was dominant from start to finish in a 17-2 victory over Bucknell Wednesday night at Holuba Hall. Sisters Steph Lazo and Dani Lazo combined for nine points to pace the offense.
Penn State (2-0) had 11 different goal scorers and a pair of hat tricks from the younger Lazo, Steph, and senior midfielder Kelly Lechner. The elder Lazo, Dani, dished a game-high four assists and added a goal for her five-point day to lead all scorers.
Also, Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley) had a goal, two draw controls, a groundball and a caused turnover; Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) had a goal, an assist and a caused turnover; Cat Layne (Villa Maria Academy) led the defense with a groundball and a caused turnover and Natalie Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) also started on defense. In goal, Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) and McKenna Coyle (Kennett) also saw time in reserve.
Monmouth 5, Drexel 2
The Dragons played strong defense in their opener, but could not get the offense going in a loss at Monmouth. The loss was the first in eight years for the Dragons in a season opener.
The five goals allowed were the fewest by a Drexel defensive unit since February 23, 2014, a 9-5 victory over Saint Joseph’s at Vidas Field. Teresha Bradley (Rancocas Valley) had four saves in Wednesday’s loss. The seven combined goals in the game mark the fewest in a Drexel contest since the team joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2002.
The Dragons outshot Monmouth 19-11, and held the shooting advantage for much of the afternoon in the tightly-contested game. Lacey Aghazarian, who scored one of the two Drexel goals, led the team with four shots. Milan White (Pottstown) scored the other. White was in a group along with Devin Nihill and Jeanne Angeles that had three shots on the afternoon. Drexel also won six of the nine draw controls in the game, but turned the ball over 20 times.
Jocelyn Quaile (Clearview Regional), Kelly McDevitt (Central Bucks West) and Joelle Hartke each caused two turnovers to help aid the Dragons’ defensive effort. In all, Monmouth turned the ball over 16 times itself.