Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/3/16
On a frosty night at Franklin Field – temperatures were in the low 40s at first draw and reached 35 by the final whistle – the University of Pennsylvania (2-1) women’s lacrosse team was more than warm to the task on attack to the tune of a 15-8 win over Rutgers.
No. 16 Penn scored the game’s first seven goals, and netted 11 of the first 12 to build a comfortable lead.
Senior Nina Corcoran tallied eight points in the game – a new career high and the most by a Quaker since Erin Brennan had nine on March 7, 2012 (also against Rutgers). Six of Corcoran’s points were assists – also a career high and tied for second-most in a single game by a Quaker all-time (Brennan had seven against Rutgers in 2012).
Iris Williamson (Germntown Friends) followed up her four-goal outing at Duke on Sunday with four more goals against the Scarlet Knights (1-4). Lely DeSimone added three goals and Catherine Dickinson had two goals and an assist to give the senior class a total of 18 points in the game.
Eight different players had at least one goal for Penn in the rout, with Caroline Cummings, Alex Condon, Sarah Barcia and Lauren D’Amore each adding a goal.
Drexel 11, Monmouth 5
Devin Nihill scored five goals including four in a row as the Dragons won their fourth game of the season. The Dragons (4-1) held Monmouth (2-3) off the scoreboard for over 26 minutes as Drexel overcame a brief one-goal deficit and seized control of the game in the second half.
Drexel outscored the Hawks 6-1 after intermission, with Nihill netting four of the Dragons’ six goals. Nadia Pelham-Lacey added a pair of goals and three assists, her 10th consecutive game with multiple points scored. Emily Duffey (Lenape) added a goal and three assists, while Lacey Aghazarian, Caroline Thiele and Alex Beilman also contributed goals for the Dragons.
While the Dragons’ offense performed well, it was the defense that was particularly impactful in the second half. Carlee Ries moved to 4-1 in goal for the season, pulling in seven saves. Drexel caused 17 turnovers in total, with Eva Winiarski (Downingtown West) accounting for five of those. She added a career-high six draw controls and three ground balls, both tops on the team on Wednesday. Alyssa Kalitz caused four turnovers, adding two draws and a pair of ground balls. Thiele also had three caused turnovers and two ground balls, while Aghazarian and Milan White (Pottstown) each recorded a pair of caused turnovers.
High Point 10, Villanova 9
Kelsey Denihan had three goals for the Wildcats (1-4).
Penn State 11, Johns Hopkins 7
The No. 8 Lions used stingy defense and a decisive shot count to down No. 18 Johns Hopkins. Madison Cyr scored a game-high four goals and the Nittany Lions built a 9-1 lead deep into the second half to earn the victory.