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Women’s lacrosse: Wozniak (Spring-Ford) goal lifts Cabrini past Meredith, 12-11, in first round of D3 tourney

Sunday, 15th May 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/15/16
From Press Release

Sophomore Sasha Wozniak (Spring-Ford) scored the game’s final goal of the day, breaking an 11-11 tie before Cabrini’s defense held on for a 12-11 victory over Meredith College in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The win improved the Cavaliers to 14-5 overall and marked the program’s third NCAA Tournament win and second in the last three seasons. The Blue and White will now face No. 3 Salisbury on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the tournament’s second round.

Wozniak paced the Cavaliers with three goals and two assists. Freshman Emma Rodner-Tims (Bishop Shanahan), sophomore Jackie Neary (Kingsway Regional-NJ), junior Jess Breuning (St. Hubert) and senior Katie Lasater (Great Valley) added two goals each.

Junior goaltender Megan Barlow (Academy Park) paired seven saves and nine ground balls to earn her 28th career win.

Senior Mo O’Connell (Haverford High) and freshman Katie Kucia (Archbishop Carroll) scooped four ground balls each, one more than Breuning and sophomore Gabby Lee (Academy Park). Breuning and Lee combined for seven of the Blue and White’s 12 caused turnovers, while Wozniak joined Breuning with three draw controls each.

The Avenging Angels built an early lead with a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of action. While the Cavaliers took a few minutes to gain their postseason footing, Cabrini controlled the final 13 minutes of the half.

Junior Allie Vallen (Maple Shade-NJ) put the Blue and White on the board with 12:40 before the half. Meredith regained its two goal lead less than 30 seconds later, before the Cavaliers closed the stanza with four unanswered goals.

Rodner-Tims , Wozniak, Breuning and Neary found the back of the net with unassisted tallies to give the Blue and White a 5-3 lead at the break.

Meredith regrouped and answered Cabrini’s run early in the second half. The Avenging Angels scored just 20 seconds into the stanza, before evening the score and regaining the lead with two goals in 10 seconds, taking a 6-5 lead with 24:39 to play.

The Meredith advantage was short-lived, as Wozniak connected with Lasater to even the score at 6-6 just 37 seconds later. Lasater’s tally began a run of five consecutive goals for the Cavaliers over the next six minutes.

Lasater added another goal and an assist, while Wozniak added a goal and a helper during the run, a Neary’s second goal of the day put Cabrini ahead 10-6 with 18:16 to play.

A Meredith goal ended the run before Breuning netted her second goal of the day to regain the four goal cushion. The Avengers regained their composure and answered the Cavaliers’ scoring run with four consecutive goals of their own, evening the score at 11 with 11:42 to play.

The Avenging Angels controlled the ensuing draw before turning the ball over on an offensive foul in Cabrini’s defensive zone. The Blue and White cleared the ball before Wozniak headed to the cage for her 57th goal of the season and the game-winner with 10:35 to play.

The Cabrini defense was up to the task in holding the one goal lead. The Blue and White held Meredith to just three shots over the final 10 minutes of action, with none reaching Barlow’s crease. The Cavaliers pressured the Avenging Angels into three turnovers and eight fouls, including a yellow card with 36 seconds to play.

Sophomore Carlee Joseph and freshman Holly Hite combined for four goals and four assists for Meredith (17-2), while seniors Katie Burnet and Victoria Doyle scored twice. Junior Katherine Sills suffered the loss despite recording 11 saves.

Salisbury earned a bye into Sunday’s second round on the strength of a 16-2 record and its 16th Capital Athletic Conference championship. The Sea Gulls earned the league’s automatic berth with a 12-5 win over No. 13 St. Mary’s of Maryland.

Senior Megan Wallenhorst tallied five points on two goals and three assists, while junior Gabbi Nieves scored a game-high three goals. Junior Hannah Young matched Wallenhorst with two goals.

Sophomore Gianna Falcone controlled the Sea Gulls’ crease, tallying a game-high eight saves and earning her 14th win in goal. Nieves also had a strong day defensively, notching a game-high five groundballs and causing two turnovers.

Salisbury boasts nine players with at least 20 points on the season, led by Wallenhorst’s 62 points. The senior was named CAC Player of the Year after pairing 25 goals with a team high 37 assists. Nieves leads the club with 33 goals and 18 caused turnovers, while the junior’s 17 draw controls and 26 ground balls are good for third on the team.

Sophomore Allie Hynson’s 32 draw controls mark a team high, while her 17 caused turnovers and 27 ground balls are good for second. Senior Samantha Duranti leads theSea Gulls with 30 ground balls, while causing 16 turnovers.

Falcone has been dominant in the Salisbury crease through the season. The sophomore’s 6.25 goals against average ranks ninth in Division III, while her .524 save percentage ranks 20th.

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