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Tuesday’s women’s college roundup: @LehighWLacrosse, WCU triumph

Wednesday, 16th March 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/16/16

Trailing 3-2 midway through the first half, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team scored five of the next six goals to create separation as the Mountain Hawks defeated Davidson 7-5 on Tuesday evening. The win marked Lehigh’s fifth straight, including its second road victory in the last four days. Freshman Courtney Henig led the attack with three goals for her third straight hat trick while the defense held an opponent to five or fewer goals for a second straight game and third time in the last four contests.

With the win, the Mountain Hawks improves to 5-1 on the season, continuing their best start since 2010.

“We played very good team defense tonight,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “We’re really happy to come away from our spring break trip 2-0. We still need to work on our draw control and some offensive sets going into our Patriot League schedule.”

Along with Henig’s three goals, sophomore Haley Wentzel (Boyertown) scored twice and junior Allison LaBeau tallied one goal and two assists. Freshman Jane Henderson (Harriton) also scored for a second straight game. Senior Kendall Garden enjoyed a strong all-around game with a groundball, draw control and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Kierstyn Voiro (Moorestown) led Lehigh in both groundballs (4) and draw controls (2).

LaBeau opened the scoring at 25:26 of the first half, but the Wildcats responded with the next two goals. Henig answered with her first of the day at 18:32 to even the score.

Trailing 3-2 just over five minutes later, Lehigh rattled off the next three goals, as Wentzel scored with 12:37 and 0:06 of the first half, then Henig scored her second of the evening at 26:26 of the second half. Following a Davidson goal, the Mountain Hawks scored twice in the span of 19 seconds as Henig’s third goal of the evening gave Lehigh a 7-4 lead with 14:18 on the clock.

The defense held firm the rest of the way. Davidson scored at the 4:24 mark, but Lehigh held on for the 7-5 victory.

Division II

West Chester 21, Millersville 3

Hannah Cowan (Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy) and Ashley Pyle (Garnet Valle) each posted nine points to lead host and eighth-ranked West Chester to victory over visiting Millersville in the PSAC opener for both schools.

West Chester (5-0, 1-0 PSAC) scored 14 unanswered goals en route to the 21-3 triumph over Millersville (4-2, 0-1). Cowan scored eight goals and added an assist while Pyle scored five goals and four assists to lead the charge.

Cowan’s goals were the most in a single game by a Golden Rams player since Jamie Dolan scored eight times against Queens (N.C.) in 2012. Cowan and Pyle’s nine points were the most since Dina Cifelli (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame) posted 10 points against Kutztown her freshman year.

Seven other players inked their names into the scoring column for the Rams Tuesday, including Olivia Martin (Haverford High), who scored twice. Cifelli finished with four assists while Erin Eckert posted three.

Division II

Arcadia 8, Misericordia 7, OT

The Arcadia University women’s lacrosse team won its second straight overtime game in a row at Easton Field. Sophomore Allegra Benites scored her second straight overtime, game-winner on a free position tally with 45 seconds to go in the second overtime period. The win moves the Knights to 3-1 on the young season, while Misericordia falls to 1-3.

Cabrini 16, Notre Dame (MD) 2

The Cavs scored their first win of 2016 today at Edith Robb Dixon Field in the Colonial States Athletic Conference opener for both clubs.

The victory improves the Blue and Whit to 1-2 on the season, while the Gators fell to 1-2.

Sophomore Sasha Wozniak (Spring-Ford) led the Cavaliers’ attack with six points on four goals and two assists, with five of her points coming in the game’s first six minutes. Junior Jenn Robinson (St. Hubert) paired two goals and two helpers en route to a career high four points.

Haverford 9, Wesleyan (CT) 8

The Fords (3-2) came away with a win over Wesleyan (1-3) following three multi-goal performances by Haverford players to help take the lead and then a stellar effort in net by goaltender Megan Chenworth (Parkland) to hold on in a tight finish.

Neumann 19, Keystone 2

The Knights opened Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) action with a win at Keystone College.

Nine Knights scored in the win. Rebecca Dolenti (Pottsgrove) and Taylor Klever led the Knights with four goals apiece. Jordan Hopkins (Sun Valley) scored three goals, handed out four assists and won 12 draw controls.

Immaculata 17, Rosemont 5

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