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.@LaSalleLacrosse wins 1st; Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) leads Stanford past @PennStateWLAX

Sunday, 20th March 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/20/16
From Press Release

The La Salle women’s lacrosse team grabbed a 8-6 win on the road at Central Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon. Senior Katelyn Fay (Henderson) and junior Allee Ilgenftitz both had four goals to fuel the Explorers offense.

Despite the hosts jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first minute of action, the Explorers had a strong first half as they grabbed a 4-1 lead from which they wouldn’t look back. Fay and junior Allee ilgenfritz both scored a pair of first half goals to fuel the 4-0 La Salle run. The Blue Devils grabbed one goal back to make it a 4-2 Explorers lead at the half.

The Explorers kicked off the second half with another 4-0 run to extend its lead to 8-2. Ilgenftiz scored a pair of goals before Fay scored the second two off assists from sophomores Brittany Edwards (Great Valley) and Rachel Ceplo.

The Blue Devils grabbed four straight goals to end the game cutting the lead to 8-6 with 4:57 remaining but La Salle kept the hosts off the board for the rest of the game to preserve the win.

Sophomore Lucy Loughlin made one of her four saves on the day with 2:14 remaining and La Salle was able to maintain possession to close out the game.

La Salle forced 16 CCSU turnovers on the day including seven forced turnovers. Junior Danielle Strang (Great Valley) led the team with a pair of caused turnovers on the day. Senior Kerry Newby (Archbishop Carroll) scooped up five groundballs on the day.

Stanford 16, Penn State 10

Stanford’s Alex Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) scored four goals as the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions suffered a loss at the No. 14 Cardinal. The Cardinal produced an 8-1 run that spanned each side of halftime to earn the victory.

The Nittany Lions (7-2) never led as the teams traded mini 2-0 and 3-0 spurts throughout the first half. After Madison Cyr’s second goal of the game brought PSU within one at 8-7 with 5:07 remaining, Stanford rattled off the final four goals of the half for a 12-7 lead.

After Maggie Gallagher scored the opening goal of the second half, Stanford (5-1) scored three goals in a one-minute span – two coming from Poplawski – for a 15-8 lead and added another eight minutes later for its largest lead of the game, 16-8. The Cardinal were led by Lucy Dikeou who had four goals and an assist.

Cyr’s two-goal game allowed her to reach 30 goals for a third straight season. Her total was matched by Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) and Jenna Mosketti. Penn State had seven goal scorers in all including Natalie Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll), who scored her first goal since 2014. Madison Carter and Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley) rounded out the scoring, while Steph Lazo notched the team’s two assists.

Penn State held a 30-27 advantage in shots, but fell behind in draw controls (17-10), ground balls (17-13) and connected on just 3-of-9 free-position shots. The Nittany Lions also hit four posts during the game.

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