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Women’s roundup: @LaSalleLacrosse, @SJUHawks_WLAX claim wins

Sunday, 3rd April 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/3/16
From press Release

The La Salle women’s lacrosse team grabbed a 7-5 win at Virginia Commonwealth thanks to a hat trick from senior Katelyn Fay (Henderson). The Explorers outscored the Rams 4-2 in the second half to grab the victory.

After going into the half tied at 3-3, the Blue and Gold opened the second half with four straight goals to break open the game. Sophomore Brittany Edwards (Great Valley) kicked off the scoring in the second half with a goal at the 20:58 make off an assist from Fay.

Fay then went on to score three straight goals in a stretch of just over eight minutes. A pair of the goals came off assists from Edwards and one assist from sophomore Emily Martin to make things 7-3.

The Rams (2-8, 0-2 A-10) would score a pair of goals in the final 7:38 to cut the lead to 7-5, but they hosts couldn’t complete the comeback.

Freshman Sarah Gallagher made her first career start in the goal for La Salle (3-6, 1-1 A-10) and made six saves in the win.

La Salle fell behind early to the conference newcomer VCU, who are in their first season as a varsity program, early in the first half. After sophomore Rachel Ceplo opened the score just over two minutes into the game the Rams scored three straight to grab a 3-1 lead.

The Explorers scored a pair of goals to close out the half and even things up at 3-3 going into the break. Senior Anna Kelly scored off an assist from junior Allee Ilgenfritz before Ilgenfritz scored a goal of her own.

La Salle forced 16 VCU turnovers with senior Abby O’Donnell forcing three on her own. Classmate Ashley Blanton scooped up five ground balls in the win.

St. Joseph’s 10, Davidson 8

Backed by strong all-around performances on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field, the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team defeated Davidson, 10-8, at Richardson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Hawks improve to 2-8 overall (1-1 A-10) while the Wildcats fall to 4-5 overall (1-1 A-10). The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Hawks.

Additionally, Saint Joseph’s second-year head coach Alex Kahoe (Agnes Irwin) earned the first A-10 victory of her career as the Hawks snapped a 10-game conference losing streak dating back to April 27, 2014.

“I’m really proud of the way our team came out to play today,” said Kahoe following the game. “We were able to capitalize offensively with five different goal scorers. Defensively, we played well as a unit, back by Genevieve [Giblin]’s eight saves.”

Freshman midfielder Rebecca Lane recorded a game-high five points on a game-high four goals and one assist while co-captains Mallory Grey and Nora McCallion (Notre Dame) added two goals and one assist each.

Of Saint Joseph’s 10 total goals, seven were scored on possessions gained off of Davidson turnovers; five of SJU’s 10 scoring opportunities began with senior goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin, who caused three turnovers and made two saves that resulted in scoring possessions.

Trailing 3-2 with 9:21 to play in the first half, the Hawks scored four straight and never lost the lead again en route to their second victory of the season.

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