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Women’s college roundup: @DelawareWLax wins; @PennStateWLAX tops @LehighWLacrosse

Friday, 12th February 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/12/16
From press Release

The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse team led early, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Hoyas from falling, 10-6, to the University of Delaware (1-0) in a season opener on Friday afternoon at Cooper Field.

Casey Lyons had two goals and two assists for the Blue Hens and Kristen Hale (Great Valley) scored twice while adding two draw controls, a groundball and a caused turnover.

Kristen Bandos (Notre Dame) had a goal, a groundball and a caused turnover for the Hoyas.

Penn State 13, Lehigh 6

The No. 6 Penn State women’s lacrosse team opened the 2016 season with a dominant 13-6 victory over Lehigh. Junior Steph Lazo and senior Jenna Mosketti each scored four goals to lead all scorers.

Penn State (1-0) opened the game with a 5-0 run in the opening 21 minutes of action and never looked back. Five different Nittany Lions scored during that stretch.

The second half started with another 5-0 Nittany Lions run, where in Lazo dominated. She scored in the first minute of the half to start the streak then scored two more goals in a 13-second. Mosketti and sophomore Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) each scored once during the run. O’Donnell finished with two goals from the free-position.

Penn State’s 7-3 lead grew to 12-3 with 16:11 remaining as Mosketti put away a Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) feed. Cyr dished out three assists before scoring a goal of her own to cap a four-point afternoon.

Emi Smith excelled in net making nine saves on 15 shots faced. Smith was vital during the second half by stopping six Lehigh shots on target.

Abby Smucker turned in an excellent all-around performance with two points (1G, 1A), three ground balls, and a team-leading three caused turnovers.

Freshman Madison Carter shined in her Penn State debut, scoring a goal and scooping three draw controls. She also caused one turnover. Maggie Gallagher dished an assist to round out Penn State’s seven-player point scoring core.

Penn State’s defensive effort was critical to the offensive production, converting on 13 of 16 clears. The Nittany Lions out-shot Lehigh 32-22, while also holding edges in ground balls (19-16) and draw controls (14-6).

Penn State improved to 24-0 all-time against Lehigh by beating the Mountain Hawks for the second consecutive opening day.

Allison LaBeau had two goals and one assist for Lehigh.

Louisville 8, Temple 5

Temple lacrosse made it a game with two goals in the final minutes, but ultimately the Owls fell short in their season opener with #16 Louisville. Four different players scored for Temple, led by senior Rachel Schwaab with two goals and Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) with a goal and an assist.

The Cardinals did open their season last week, and now improve to 2-0 while Temple stands at 0-1. Louisville’s Kaylin Morissette recorded a hat trick with three goals along with an assist, while Hannah Koloski and Cortnee Daley (Hatboro-Horsham) each scored twice for the Cardinals.

The Owls managed only a single goal in a slow first half, tying the score at 1-1 on a Nicole Tiernan goal in the seventh minute. From there, Louisville closed the half on a 4-0 run for a 5-1 halftime advantage.

After Louisville scored again to start the second half, Temple matched the Cardinals the rest of the way and ended up out-scoring them 4-3 in the period. Louisville’s 7-2 lead stood for almost 14 minutes before the Owls put three goals in the net in the final five minutes.

Anna Frederick gathered a loose ball and scored with 4:57 remaining, but the Cardinals answered just 13 seconds later. Morgan Glassford started another push for Temple with a goal at 3:29, and also assisted on the final goal by Schwaab with 1:15 left.

The game was a physical one with a total of six yellow cards, five of those given to Louisville including one at the outset on a stick violation. The Cardinals finished with a 24-15 edge in total shots, but the Owls had a 10-9 advantage in the second half.

Rutgers 14, Villanova 8

The Wildcats dropped their season opener to the Scarlet Knights (1-0), who got two goals from senior co-captain Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley). Graduate student Jackie Froccaro led the Wildcats with four goals and four draw controls.

The Wildcats took an early 2-1 lead in the opening 15 minutes of the game off back to back goals by Froccaro and Chelsey Henderson. Then the Scarlet Knights scored four unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead, Rutgers junior Kristina Dunphey scored two of those goals and finished the night with five.

Senior Meghan Breen scored the Wildcats last goal of the first half with 6:20 remaining but two goals by the Scarlet Knights before the end of the half made the score 7-3 heading into the locker room.

Goalkeeper Jaclyn Fraum played the first half in the goal for the Wildcats and finished with 5 saves.

Villanova came out to a strong start in the second half, Froccaro scored her second goal of the game and freshman Jillian Swikart scored her first collegiate goal with 20:28 left on the clock, to make the score 7-5.

Rutgers answered back by scoring three goals in five minutes to take a 10-5 lead. Froccaro wasn’t done yet, she scored her third goal of the game to bring Nova within four with 11:45 left. The Scarlet Knights went on a three goal spree again in a span of three minutes to take a 13-6 lead over the Wildcats.

Froccaro ended the spree by scoring her final goal with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game. Under a minute later Kristina Dunphey scored her fifth and final goal of the game to make the score 14-7. Villanova got on the board one more time thanks to freshman Carlye Maita who scored her first collegiate goal in the match.

UNC 17, High Point 5

Freshman Olivia Ferrucci and junior Molly Hendrick (Manheim Township) led the way as second-ranked North Carolina (2-0) led High Point (0-1) from start to finish on the way to a Tar Heel win on Friday night. Ferrucci had three goals and an assist and Hendrick scored four goals for the second game in a row after returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in April 2015.

Marie McCool (Moorestown) had two goals and two assists for the Tar Heels, Gianna Bowe (Clearview Regional) scored twice.

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