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Women’s college roundup: @LaSalleLacrosse opens with win; Ursinus tops Cabrini

Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/22/17

The host La Salle women’s lacrosse team got the spring season off to a strong start when it topped Manhattan College, 13-7, on Wednesday night at McCarthy Stadium.

Toni Massetti (Kennett) had four goals and an assist and Brittany Edwardss (Great Valley) tallied three goals while Mikki Raymond (Abington) had two goals and Nicole Black a a goal and an assist.

After sustaining a season-ending injury last spring, Massetti proved stellar in her return to the field, adding a team-high four groundballs.

In goal, freshman Lynne Frankel made her first appearance for La Salle, tallying 10 saves over Manhattan’s six.

Penn State 19, Duquesne 9

Freshman Maria Auth registered her first career hat trick to help lead seventh-ranked Penn State past Duquesne in non-conference women’s lacrosse action from Rooney Field.

Duquense (0-1) opened the scoring as Jill Vacanti found the back of the net just 1:04 into the game before the Nittany Lions (4-0) used a 10-2 run including six straight goals from the 20:47 mark to the 10:32 mark for the 10-3 lead.

Senior Steph Lazo collected five goals during this stretch including three straight in just a four-minute span from 14:33 to 10:32. Sophomore Madison Carter added two goals during this spurt while classmate Kelly Daggett (Bainbridge, Pa.) and freshman Kristin Roberto and Auth collected the others.

Vacanti registered the final goal of the first half at the 2:56 mark before tipping the hat trick to open the second half with a score at 28:11 for the 10-5 score.

Daggett came right back for Penn State with a tally at 26:25 and just 19 seconds later junior Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) registered her first of the contest for the 12-5 edge. Carter then added back-to-back scores and after another Vacanti tally, it was junior Maggie Gallagher with two goals in just 57 seconds to hit running time at 16:54 with the 16-6 lead.

Senior Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) stopped five shots to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Carter paced the squad with five draws while Gallagher collected four. Senior Natalie Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) was solid on defense all afternoon causing a game-high four turnovers and collecting three ground balls.

Navy 17, Villanova 5

Grainger Rosati had two goals and two assists for the visiting Wildcats (0-3)

Navy moved to 2-1 under Philly’s legendary coach, Cindy Timchal (Haverford High).

Junior Julia Collins had three goals, five assists, five draw controls, five ground balls and two caused turnovers fore the Mids. Julia’s twin-sister Jenna, also had a stat-sheet stuffing performance, recording seven points on a career-best six goals and one assist, four draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Division III

Ursinus 15, Cabrini 13

A balanced offensive attack and a big run to start the second half provided the host Bears with just enough ammunition to outlast Cabrini in the season opener at Patterson Field.

Sophomores Abby Goldstein (Lower Merion) and Emily DiGiorgio (Downingtown West) and freshman Haley O’Malley (Upper Merion) each registered a hat trick as the Bears took down the five-time defending CSAC champion Cavaliers in the lid-lifter for a second consecutive year. Junior Franny Liberatoscioli (Great Valley) joined sophomore Kaci McNeave with two goals and teamed with sophomore Bridget Sherry (Strath Haven) to anchor a defensive unit that improved significantly after falling behind 10-8 at halftime.

A five-goal spurt right out of intermission was the final lead change in a see-saw battle full of big runs and momentum changes. O’Malley cut the deficit in half just 14 seconds after the break, taking a pass from Sherry and using a spin move to create space for a bouncing shot. Just over a minute later, Sherry got behind the Cabrini back line and finished a feed from McNeave to level the contest at 10 before Goldstein took over.

The sophomore had a hand in the next three markers for the Bears, first getting free at the right post and utilizing a shot fake before firing past Cavaliers keeper Megan Barlow (Academy Park) to give the home side the lead for good at the 25:18 mark. Next, she set up behind the net and lobbed a pass to DiGiorgio in front of the cage for a two-goal lead, then capped the run – and her hat trick – on a helper from DiGiorgio with 22:14 to play. Both of Goldstein’s hat tricks in her career have come in season openers against Cabrini.

The Cavaliers, who reached the NCAA Tournament second round a year ago and brought back the majority of that squad, made another push, netting two goals in a 16-second span to get within 13-12 with 18:36 to go. Exactly ten minutes later, O’Malley polished off her spectacular collegiate debut with a free-position goal to make it 14-12, and Jackie Neary answered with one of her own at the 5:18 mark.

DiGiorgio provided the dagger, taking a perfect pass from Goldstein in transition and flying in alone for a goal with 2:38 to play, clinching her third career hat trick. Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn France (Sun Valley) made a big save 15 seconds later, and the Bears were able to run off the rest of the clock.

O’Malley and Goldstein each handed out two assists for matching five-point afternoons, while DiGiorgio added an assist to her hat trick. Sherry finished with a goal and two assists.

Liberatoscioli was all over the field, racking up game and career highs of seven draw controls, five ground balls, and four caused turnovers. Sherry equaled her with four caused turnovers and scooped up four ground balls, and senior Lisa Grous (Bishop Eustace-NJ) controlled five draws for the Bears.

France finished with six saves after replacing junior Meaghan Corbin at halftime, picking up her first career win. After surrendering ten goals in the first frame, the Bears allowed only three in the second. Freshman Julia Gilpin started on defense in her first collegiate game.

Jackie Neary (Kingsway Regional-NJ) and Liz Hoeffner had three goals each for Cabrini, which got two goals and two assists and five draw controls from Avery Murphy (Archbishop Carroll).

The first half was a roller-coaster. Ursinus jumped out to a 4-1 lead on goals by Liberatoscioli, senior Amy Kohout, O’Malley, and DiGiorgio, and led 5-2 when Goldstein took a feed from Grous and fired into a wide-open net. The Cavaliers reeled off six straight markers to go in front 8-5 at the 4:14 mark, only for Ursinus to net three in a span of 34 seconds – two of them off the stick of McNeave and the other a free-position strike from Liberatoscioli – to knot the game at 8. Cabrini tallied twice in the final 1:36 to take a two-goal advantage into the break.

Arcadia 16, Neumann 2

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